TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Dozens of Sudanese soldiers belonging to a Saudi-led coalition were killed in an ambush by the Yemeni forces, military sources said Saturday.
Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement hit the Sudanese military convoy in the northern province of Hajjah before dawn on Friday, according to military sources.
The losses were reported to be the heaviest suffered by Sudanese troops in Yemen since they were deployed in the war-torn country in 2015.
"The Sudanese soldiers were lured into a trap” by the Yemeni forces who allowed them to advance into areas where they were waiting to attack them, a Yemeni military officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The Houthis reported the attack on their Al-Masirah website, saying dozens of Sudanese soldiers had been killed and armored vehicles destroyed.
There was no immediate comment from Sudan, which has deployed hundreds of soldiers as part of the coalition that Khartoum joined in 2015 after breaking decades-old ties with Tehran.
On Thursday, Yemeni military officials said hundreds of soldiers from Saudi Arabia and Sudan had arrived in the north to reinforce troops deployed around Houthis’ stronghold Sa’ada.
The attack against the Sudanese forces came in retaliation for the continued massacre of civilians and destruction of Yemen’s infrastructure by the coalition led by the Riyadh regime.
Yemen’s defenseless people have been under massive attacks by the coalition for more than three years but Riyadh has reached none of its objectives in Yemen so far.
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.
Over 14,000 Yemenis, including thousands of women and children, have lost their lives in the deadly military campaign.