Written By: Nasser Arrabyee
Article Date: Nov 16, 2009 - 1:04:41 PM
YEMEN - Three al-Houthi rebels were arrested in Alab, crossing far north of Sa’adah, where they were trying to infiltrate to Saudi territories to fight, said the Yemeni Ministry of Defense Monday.
The ministry identified the three rebels as Faisal-Yahay Ali Amran, Ibrahim Hassan Abdullah al-Najm and Mahmoud Mohammed Jalham. Investigations with them started immediately before referring them to the prosecution for trials, the statement said.
The troops destroyed the rebels' hideouts in the hills of Anan, Mahjar Ghazi, Hatman in Ghraz east of Sa’adah. These places were cleaned from rebels and mines were removed from the positions and the sub roads, the military statement said.
Meanwhile, in the framework of tightening the blockade on the rebels, more than 20 pharmacies suspected of providing al-Houthi rebels with drugs and activators were closed down in the neighboring province of al-Jawf during this week.
Hasan Abu Hardra, director of health in al-Jawf, said Monday that they transfer all medicines from the capital-Sana'a to al-Jawf according a new mechanism to prevent any medicines from reaching the rebels in Sa’adah.
From their side, the al-Houthi rebels said they are continuing artillery bombardments on the Saudi positions south of the Kingdom.
"With the help of Allah, we pounded the Saudi position of Aen al-Hara and the fires could be seen inside the position. That was to defend the civilians who were targeted in al-Malahaid, Shada and Haidan," said the rebels in a statement sent through emails.
"The Saudi regime should reconsider the military operations being launched against the Yemeni people that refuse injustice and aggression," the statement said.
After al-Houthi bombardment on the Saudi positions, the Saudi air strikes and artillery bombardments intensified Sunday and continued Monday on the rebels' positions.
Al-Houthi spokesman, Mohammed Abul Salam and three of his assistants were killed in air strikes on the media centre in al-Kala'a in Razeh, according to the Saudi press reports of Sunday.
A total of 20 al-Houthi rebels were arrested and 11 others surrendered on Sunday while on their way walking to the Saudi territories, according to Saudi sources.
In related news, the army raided a workshop used by al-Houthi rebels for manufacturing mines and explosives in Harf Sufyan south of Sa’adah, the defense ministry said Sunday.
All roads to and from the neighboring al-Jawf province were blocked by the army to prevent any supply to al-Houthi rebels in the remaining strongholds in Sa’adah, said the ministry.
The army continues tightening the noose on the rebels by imposing a blockade on them from all directions and focusing air strikes and artillery bombardments on their hideouts and movements of supply.
The Saudi naval forces impose blockade on the rebels along the coast Midi harbor on the red sea, from the western direction, to prevent any possible supply.
A car laden with weapons and ammunitions and some rebels was destroyed in a sub-road in the mountainous area of Harf Sufyan where the army makes progress, said the statement.
Meanwhile, an official source from Sa’adah said that the authorities there warned the citizens from forged currency in US dollars and Saudi used by al-Houthi rebels in Sa'adah.
The source said that the forged money is used by people loyal to al-Houthi for buying ammunition and weapons and some supply materials.
For their part, al-Houthi rebels said in a statement that Saudi air strikes and artillery bombardments continued Saturday on their positions on al-Malahaid, Shada and al-Husama.
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