Saudi coalition shows footage from US film as ‘evidence’ of Houthi missile sites
Coalition spokesperson shows clip allegedly in Yemen's port city of Hodeidah, but that is – in fact – a cut from a documentary on the 2003 US invasion of Iraq
By News Desk - January 11 2022

Screenshot from video still on Saudi channel

During a 9 January press briefing, the Saudi coalition claimed to have possession of footage inside an Ansarallah ballistic missile factory.

“The Coalition reveals again videos from inside the Houthi complex, exposing the militia’s militarization of Yemeni ports,” the coalition’s official media account, SPAregions, posted in an earlier tweet on 8 January.

However, the footage presented by the Saudi coalition was actually a clip from the 2003 film, Severe Clear, a documentary about the US invasion of Iraq.

Coalition spokesman, Brigadier General Turki al-Maliki, claimed that the edited clip showed a workshop for ballistic missiles by the Ansarallah in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah.

“This is in a specific location, inside Hodeidah port, which contains the workshops of ballistic missiles, which are then transported out of the port,” Maliki said during the press conference, with the disclaimer that the exact location of the site was unknown.

However, the clip that was shown – taken from the Severe Clear documentary – was of US troops scouting an abandoned missile storage facility in Iraq.

The full film is available on YouTube, with the selected excerpt used by the Saudis occurring 1 hour and 9 minutes into the movie.

Yemenis on social media were quick to catch the fabrication, and even Ansarallah Brigadier General Yahya Saree commented on the scandalous claim.

Independent Yemeni journalist Zakaria Sharabi took to Twitter to slam the claim, writing that “when the coalition of aggression resorts to cutting out a scene from US documentary filmed in 2003 during the invasion of Iraq, and says that the scene is from a site […] in the port of Hodeidah, it does not mean anything but a peak in bankruptcy.”

He also linked the 2003 documentary film in the thread.

“This is the aggression, which from the start is filled with lies and deception, and attempts to cover their eyes with sand, but the string of lies is short,” Saree said.

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