Ansarallah drone attack on Saudi Aramco facilities, 2019. (Photo credit: Reuters)
The Yemeni National Salvation Government (NSG) has promised “unprecedented surprises” from the armed forces against the Saudi-led coalition.
In a televised interview with Al Mayadeen on 23 March, Yemeni Minister of Defense Major General Mohammad Nasser al-Atefi stated that these surprises would shift the balance of power in favor of Yemen and “send shivers down the spine of the aggressors.”
“The eighth year of resistance will be the year of Yemeni wrath and territorial gains, with more advanced military achievements, as well as a stronger deterrent strategy against the Saudi-led alliance and its sponsors,” declared Major General Al-Atefi.
The NSG official also noted that the Yemeni missile and drone arsenal are sophisticated enough to carry out missions to strike targets deep inside Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
This announcement came just days after the launch of multiple attacks against strategic economic and infrastructure targets in Saudi Arabia, including Aramco oil facilities, within a single day.
The damage to Aramco prompted Saudi Arabia to announce to the world that they do not take responsibility for the global economic impact these strikes had on their oil output.
An analysis by Al Alam News suggests this dereliction of responsibility is unwarranted, because the Saudi-led coalition has the power to lift the siege on Yemen and end the war, which would in turn end the Yemeni retaliatory strikes that threaten the global oil supply.
Yemen has promised to continue retaliating for as long as the war and siege against their country continues.
Despite the US re-sending Patriot and THAAD missile defense systems back to Saudi Arabia after initially withdrawing those systems last year, those systems have not been able to successfully intercept the litany of retaliatory strikes from Yemen.
Spokesman for the Yemeni armed forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, stated on 20 March that more retaliatory strikes will hit Saudi Arabia “against critical and sensitive targets, which the enemy could never imagine.”
As the Saudi-led coalition faces defeat in Yemen, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has announced intentions to hold a series of peace talks.
These negotiations are reportedly a means for Saudi Arabia to exit Yemen while saving face after seven years of an unsuccessful war.
However, these plans could likely fall apart if Ansarallah officials are not present. They have so far rejected taking part in these talks as long as they are set to be held in Riyadh.
Ansarallah officials have said they will consider participating only if talks are held in a neutral country with a trustworthy and impartial mediator.
According to the UN, the Saudi-led war in Yemen has killed about 377,000 people and left nearly half the country’s population on the verge of famine due to the naval blockade enforced by the coalition.