Saudi, UAE Land In Yemen With Armored Brigades To Fight Houthi

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Saudi, UAE Land In Yemen With Armored Brigades To Fight Houthi
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Saudi Arabia, UAE have landed two armored brigades and several commando battalions consisting of tanks, armored vehicles fitted with missiles via sea and land at the recently acquired Yemeni port of Aden to fight Houthi insurgents.

Saudi, UAE armored brigades consisting of armored personnel carriers Abram M1 tanks and Leclerc tanks, BMD3s, Humvees and mine-resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles all fitted with short-range ground-to-ground missiles landed at Aden Tuesday.

“To speed the arrival in Yemen of mountains of armored military reinforcements, plus equipment, supplies, ordnance and medical evacuation services, the Saudis and UAE hired an Abu Dhabi firm specializing in airport construction, Within 48 hours, the Aden airport which had been badly damaged in the fighting was ready for large transport planes to come in to land,” Debkafile reported Tuesday.

The newly-arrived tanks, APCs and commando fighters were meanwhile advancing rapidly toward Yemen’s next largest town, Taiz.

The Houthi insurgents have nowhere near the quantity or quality of equipment and weaponry to withstand the assault coming their way from a combination of armored, naval, air and commando firepower, and so they began falling back, Debka quoted an unnamed military source as saying.

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