While Saudi Arabia has been reluctant to accept peace negotiations as well as a ceasefire and ending bombing of residential areas in Yemen, and despite military weaknesses continues to seek to inflict blows on the Yemeni people, Ansarullah forces and popular armies, the recent Yemeni military offensive against Saudi Arabia, codenamed Bonyan al-Marsoos (Firm Structure), liberated an area of about 2500 square km in the common border triangle with Yemen’s strategic provinces (Maarib, Sanaa and Jawf), and this area alone, regardless of the strategic importance of its objectives is an important achievement in the liberation of all areas under the grip of Saudi coalition.
In fact, the Ansarullah movement and the popular armies in Yemen recently launched the operation Bonyan al-Marsoos – a major and important operation that had significant features. First of all, the operation covered the Saudi Jizan province in a wide area in addition to the West Sanaa region and some of the vast provinces east of the capital, where various types of heavy and light weapons were used in asymmetric warfare. Furthermore, Ansarullah forces hit Aramco oil facility in Jizan province with medium-range and long-range missiles.
The operation was said to have liberated about 2,500 square kilometres of Yemeni territory from the clutches of mercenaries and hundreds of Saudi soldiers and mercenaries were taken captives.
During the operation, Ansarullah movement and the Yemeni people’s forces seized many war booties so much so that according to observers the ammunitions and arms needed for several other important operations had been gained.
The important point in this operation was to thwart a major operation that had been designed to seize the capital city of Sanaa by the Saudi mercenaries. Operation Bonyan al-Marsoos totally thwarted that operation.
In fact, Operation Bonyan al-Marsoos took place at a time when Saudi leaders sought to gain a new military position whereby to impose a new set of political conditions on the Yemeni people: In particular, the regional situation has posed a lot of difficulties for Saudi Arabia, as Riyadh officials are more willing than ever to end the five-year war in Yemen in a face-saving manner. Clear indications of such a situation should be sought in the eventual withdrawal of the UAE forces from Yemen, as well as in the calculations that have led the Saudi leaders to get rid of the Yemen swamp. At the same time, Saudi Arabia’s widespread air operations over al-Hadidah province is another sign of the military madness resulting from the impasse the Saudis are facing. As the Ansarullah officials say, the operation violates the Stockholm peace treaty in its entirety.
In any case, what was made clear in Operation Bonyan al-Marsoos and the passive response of the Saudi government reflects Ansarullah’s immense capacity to defend the Yemeni territory and at the same time illustrates the crippling military weaknesses suffered by the Saudi forces. This means that Saudi Arabia lacks a winning card to advance its goals in Yemen, and the latest efforts by Saudi officials to make field victories and turn them into a new bargaining chip have failed.
Meanwhile, the Ansarullah movement has proved its superiority in the military field by repelling the operations of the Saudi mercenaries and preventing the collapse of the Yemeni capital, and by relying on this military capability wants its demands met.
In particular, the withdrawal of the UAE military forces from Yemen itself indicates the superior position of the Ansarullah movement and the failure of the aggressor forces and adds to the capabilities of the Ansarullah movement in this unequal battle. It is clear that future developments in Yemen will continue the same course, and despite Yemen’s all-out siege, the people of Yemen will benefit from the five years of war experience and the amazing capabilities they have achieved (missile capabilities, drones and ground battles) will be able to force the Saudi invading forces like Yemeni forces out of Yemen and inflict more severe defeats on the forces of this reactionary monarchy.
Overall, what we have witnessed in the widespread operations of the Ansarullah movement and the Yemeni popular armies is, on one hand, an attempt to force Saudi Arabia to accept its military incapability inside Yemen, and on the other is an attempt to thwart the troublesome and armed movements of the mercenary groups that seek to disturb the situation in Sanaa and create new insecurity in the region.