Houthi rebels are seen with a captured US-made M1 Abrams tank supplied to Saudi Arabia
While the Emirati and Saudi intervention against Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels and their pro-Saleh supporters has been hailed as a success since Aden and other southern cities and towns have been retaken, the gulf countries have paid a price that is often not seen. The Houthis have destroyed several armored vehicles, including US-supplied M1 Abrams tanks, while battling Saudi and Emirati troops.
Houthi rebels, through their official satellite channel Al Masirah TV, have released several videos detailing the destruction of Saudi and Emirati vehicles in Yemen and in southern Saudi Arabia.
The first video, which was taken near the town of Al Khobah in the southern province of Jizan in Saudi Arabia, shows pro-Saleh Yemeni military and Houthi fighters firing anti-tank missiles at a Saudi tank. The video then shifts to showing the fighters on top of a US-supplied M1 Abrams tank. A second video, also from the Jizan region, shows a similar scene.
The Houthis destroy two Abrams with anti-tank missiles. Both tanks can be seen bursting into flames while the Houthi fighters are heard celebrating off-camera. Additionally, a video has been uploaded purporting to show the launching of a SCUD missile into Saudi territory. The Houthis in the video report that the SCUD destroyed a Saudi power station in the Jizan region. The Saudis have denied this, however, and said that its military “intercepted and destroyed” the missile.
Another video shows Houthi and pro-Saleh fighters overrunning a Saudi border guard post also in the Jizan region. The fighters can be seen capturing and destroying several vehicles, as well as capturing the weapons left behind by the Saudi border guards. Towards the end of the video, another captured Abrams is shown. It is unclear if the Abrams was at the guard post or somewhere nearby in the Jizan region.
In another short video from the Jizan region, Houthi rebels capture a US-made Humvee. The group’s motto, “Death to America, Death to Israel, Damn the Jews, Victory to Islam” can be heard during the footage. Towards the end of the video, another M1 Abrams is captured and then subsequently destroyed.
The last video details a destroyed Emirati armored convoy near the town of Mukayris in Al Bayda province. At least eight armored vehicles were destroyed in the ambush. It is unclear how many Emirati soldiers were killed in the attack. Additionally, a video has surfaced online which purports to show a giant Emirati military convoy in the Yemeni province of Hadramout. The UAE reportedly sent 3,000 troops and armored vehicles to Yemen last last month in order to support the Saudi-led intervention in the country.