Saudi Ministry of Defense Daily Briefing: Operation Decisive Storm
The following is a summary of the daily press briefing held today in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on the developments of Operation Decisive Storm. The briefing was conducted by Brig. Gen. Ahmed bin Hasan Asiri, advisor in the Office of the Minister of Defense.
- Preliminary reports indicate that coalition forces have carried out approximately 1,200 air strikes.
- The goal of the air campaign remains to destroy the enemy's air defense and the ballistic missile sites. Coalition forces are also working to disrupt the Houthi’s ground operations and continuously monitor Yemeni airspace for any activity.
- Coalition operations are focused on pro-Houthi army brigades and military camps in Aden, Shabwa and Dalea.
- Coalition forces have increased pressure on the Houthi militias and pro-Houthi army brigades; coalition forces attacked a pro-Houthi brigade in Sadaa more than once.
- The Houthi militias have no option but to move through the mountainous area to the south or hide out in warehouses or sites occupied by the Yemeni army in Saada, Imran and Sana'a.
- During the past 24 hours, coalition forces attacked the Titans Brigaded, the 112th and 21st brigades in Saada and Aden. Yesterday, the coalition targets included "Maris" camp in Dalea and a location at Sana’a Airport. Operations will continue until the militias stop their aggression.
- In Aden, the coalition operations are advancing at a slower pace, particularly in Khwar Maksab, Malla and Watirah, because Houthi militia have set up booby-traps have establish positions in civilian areas.
- Houthi militia are diverting essential supplies from their military use.
- The coalition forces continue to prevent the militia from moving toward the southern region of Yemen.
- From time to time, Houthi militia and their loyalists move towards the Saudi border in what can be described as desperation. Their movements are closely monitored and dealt with accordingly.
- A Red Cross aircraft arrived in Sana'a today carrying medical and relief supplies. Pertinent authorities among Red Cross and other relief agencies are in contact with the Houthis on the ground to facilitate the deliverance.
- After 16 days of airstrikes, the goals of the air campaign have been achieved. The Houthis are deprived of their sophisticated air force, which was used to terrorize the population and attack the country’s infrastructure.
- Tribal leaders and clans should now prove their loyalty to the legitimate government of Yemen.