2019 Najran attack

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On 28 September 2019, the Houthi movement announced that it had carried out a military operation code named "Victory from God" against the Saudi-led coalition in Saudi Arabia's Province of Najran.[1] The Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saree in a press conference, said that three Saudi-led brigades alongside KSA forces[2] were sieged and defeated following a 72 hours battle south of Najran. Thousands of enemy forces were reported casualties[3] with over 500 Saudi led forces killed and 2,500 captured.[4] and 15 vehicles burned out. According to the Houthi spokesman, the Saudi brigades were preparing for a major attack against the Houthis in retaliation to the attack on Abqaiq and Khurais oil facilities, however the Houthis were able to lure the Saudi troops into their trap. According to the Houthi military spokesman, the Saudis then conducted airstrikes targeting the Saudi captives but the spokesman assured the families of the captives that they were able to hide and protect them from the coalition airstrikes.[5][6] The Houthis have described the attack as "the largest operation since aggression started on our country (Yemen)".[7][8]


Map of the Houthi attack

On 28 September 2019, the Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Saree said that during an operation launched 72 hours ago[9] near the border with the southwestern Saudi region of Najran, three "enemy military brigades had fallen" which was supported by the group's drone, missile and air defence units. "Thousands" of Saudi troops, including many officers and soldiers of the Saudi army, as well as "hundreds of armoured vehicles" were captured.[10][11]

The spokesman said that the Yemeni fighters are capable of further penetrating into Saudi territories "in case it continues its aggression against Yemen".[11] He assured the family of captives, "they will be kept in a secret place in order to keep them safe from any harm."[11]

On 30 September, the Saudi-led coalition spokesman denied that the Houthi claim, and stated that this move by the Houthis was "theatrical" and it was merely an attempt to mislead the media.[12]

The attack came after three weeks from the Abqaiq–Khurais attack. After the Abqaiq and Khurais attack, the Houthi movement offered a peace initiative and a unilateral halt of all drones and missile attacks inside Saudi Arabia and said that they are waiting for Saudi Arabia to do the same. In the following days, reports from media stated that Saudi Arabia agreed on limited cases-fire. However, the Houthi leader rejected the limited cases-fire calling it insufficient move and that the movement would not agree except on "a comprehensive stop to the aggression and the lifting of the blockade".[13][14]


On 29 September, the head of the Houthi committee for prisoner-of-war affairs, Abdul Qader al-Murtada said that they are going to free 350 war prisoners, the following day the Houthis unilaterally released 290 war prisoners including those who survived the Saudi-led coalition airstrike attack on a prison in Dhamar, Yemen which killed more than 100 war prisoners.[15]

Following the attack, the country's foreign minister used his address to the United Nations General Assembly to focus blame on Iran. He said that "The solution rather lies in prompting these militias to implement the agreement and honoring the obligations they have assumed before the whole world".[16]

As the BBC reported, Yahya Saree, a spokesman of the Houthi-controlled forces, said Saudi captured would be paraded on the group’s TV network on Sunday.[13]

See also


  1. "Yemen's Houthis Claim Invasion of Saudi Arabia, Capture of Thousands of Troops in Najran". https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/09/29/yemens-houthis-claim-invasion-saudi-arabia-capture-thousands-troops-najran. 
  2. "Operation Victory From God: Houthis Neutralize Thousands Of Saudi-Led Coalition Personnel In Large-Scale Ambush". September 28, 2019. https://southfront.org/operation-victory-from-god-houthis-neutralize-thousands-of-saudi-led-coalition-personnel-in-large-scale-ambush/. 
  3. Desk, News (September 28, 2019). "Houthi forces capture Saudi Army officers in big attack along Yemeni border". https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/houthi-forces-capture-saudi-army-officers-in-big-attack-along-yemeni-border/. 
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  5. "الحوثيون يعلنون سقوط 3 ألوية للتحالف وأسر مئات العسكريين السعوديين". September 28, 2019. https://arabic.cnn.com/middle-east/article/2019/09/28/yemen-huthi-forces-saudi-coalitition. 
  6. Chmaytelli, Maher (2019-09-28). "Yemen's Houthis say attacked Saudi border frontline, no immediate Saudi confirmation". reuters. https://www.reuters.com/article/yemne-security/yemens-houthis-say-attacked-saudi-border-frontline-no-immediate-saudi-confirmation-idUSB2N24901O. Retrieved 28 September 2019. 
  7. "Yemen: Houthi rebels claim capture of 'thousands' of Saudi troops". https://www.dw.com/en/yemen-houthi-rebels-claim-capture-of-thousands-of-saudi-troops/a-50627382. Retrieved 29 September 2019. 
  8. "Yemen's Houthis announce capture of 'thousands of enemy troops'". https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/yemens-houthis-claim-thousands-enemy-troops-captured-190928154003971.html. Retrieved 29 September 2019. 
  9. "Iran-backed Houthi rebels claim attack on Saudi military post". https://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-backed-houthi-rebels-claim-attack-on-saudi-military-post/. Retrieved 28 September 2019. 
  10. "Yemen war: Houthi rebels claim mass capture of Saudi troops". https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-49866677. Retrieved 28 September 2019. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Yemen: Houthis claim capture of thousands of troops in Saudi raid". https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/houthis-claim-capture-thousands-saudi-troops-attack-190928144722091.html. Retrieved 29 September 2019. 
  12. "Saudi-led coalition denies Houthi claims of troop capture". https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/saudi-led-coalition-denies-houthi-claims-troop-capture-190930193102187.html. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Yemen Rebels Say They've Captured Many Saudi Soldiers in Attack". https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-28/yemen-shiite-rebels-take-control-of-three-najran-military-bases. 
  14. "Saudi Arabia Agrees to Limited Cease-Fire in Yemen War". https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-27/saudi-agrees-limited-cease-fire-with-houthis-yemen-official. 
  15. "Yemeni rebels release hundreds of detainees". BBC News. September 30, 2019. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-49880517. 
  16. "At UNGA, Yemen Says Iran Stands In The Way Of Peace". https://en.radiofarda.com/a/at-unga-yemen-says-iran-stands-in-the-way-of-peace/30189702.html. Retrieved 29 September 2019.