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Saudis have no experience in Yemen ground war: Activist

A Yemeni man inspects the damage at a site hit by Saudi airstrikes in the capital Sana’a on January 6, 2016. ©AFP


Press TV has interviewed Hussain al-Bukhaiti, an activist and political commentator in Sana’a, to discuss Saudi Arabia’s ongoing military aggression against Yemen.  

The following is a rough transcription of the interview.

Press TV: On a daily basis we are talking about the casualties inside of Yemen but the other side of the coin is that the Ansarullah is also inflicting heavy casualty against Saudi Arabia. Tell me about that side of things and do you think that the Saudis were prepared to deal with this type of fatality rate?

Bukhaiti: I do not think the Saudis are prepared for this kind of attack because now Ansarullah, the Houthi and Popular Committee and the Yemeni army are in full control of most of the northern border with Saudi - I mean north Sa’ada and north Hajjah - and the Saudis…have to stop this, they have tried to get mercenaries and to pay for Yemenis who will fight for them and for their soldiers in that area, and the ones who have the upper hand in there are the Yemeni army and Ansarullah, the Houthi, the Popular Committee because they know how to fight in a guerrilla way which this is new for the Saudis and the Saudi army who has no experience whatsoever in fighting this type of tactic, and the only thing that they can do is just bombing from the air and using cluster bomb or white phosphoric bomb and this has not stopped Ansarullah, the Houthi and the Yemeni army from advancing and from seizing some key areas inside Saudi Arabia like south of Najran and Jizan and south of Asir.

Press TV: And tell me the effect of all of this, the other side of the situation. I want to look at the Yemeni civilians because as I said it is basically on a daily basis and also affecting the infrastructure. Tell me what life is like now inside of Yemen?

Bukhaiti: Because of this huge loss the Saudi army had at the border, they only have their air force to take revenge on what is happening inside their border. Just yesterday they have targeted the only remaining medical clinic in Sa’ada and today they have targeted an area. They have targeted 7 days ago a natural spa south of Sana’a. Today they have killed a journalist called Almigdad Mojalli who was covering the impact of the Saudi strike on that natural spa several days ago while they were reporting on that and while they were interviewing with the people, Saudi plane has targeted him, killing him and injuring another journalist and there are report of two or three civilians were killed and this shows you the amount of destruction the Saudis are causing in Yemen.

We have daily strikes on Sana’a. They have destroyed one of the medicine factories south of Sana’a few days ago and they keep targeting factories across Yemen, chicken farms and we see on the other hand that in the southern area where the Saudis claim that they have liberated from Yemeni army and Ansarullah, the Houthi, Aden is not under their control, al-Qaeda is moving freely. Just few hours ago al-Qaeda has detonated a car bomb in front of the house of newly appointed head of security in Aden.  

So it is either they will bomb you by air or either areas they say they have liberated, they will just hand it to al-Qaeda to move freely and to assassinate and to kill and to control.

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