DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:00 PM) – The Ansarullah (Supporters of God) organisation, also known as the Houthis, have released new footage of a graduation ceremony of newly trained military forces.

The video shows a ceremony in which the armed forces of the Houthi political movement march by and train in different combat scenarios. According to the information given, the soldiers are part of the 4th Military Sector of Yemen, and are to be engaged in combat against the Saudi-led enemy forces right away after their graduation ends.

Yemen has been involved in a bloody conflict ever since a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia invaded the nation in 2015, in order to put ousted President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi back in charge. The Ansarullah movement, led by Sayyid Abdul-Malik al-Houthi and supported by significant parts of the Yemeni military and the Republican Guard has put on a hard-fought resistance against this coalition.

Reports indicate that despite their technological superiority, the Saudi coalition is having a hard time progressing towards their objectives. Saudi armed forces alone have lost hundreds of soldiers and a significant amount of military hardware, together with an undetermined loss of foreign mercenaries. The conflict has furthermore killed at least 10,000 civilians  and displaces millions, with many more facing hardship and famine.

Recently, the Houthis have carried out several succesful attacks against Saudi forces both in northern Yemen and even within the Saudi border province of Najran. At least 13 Saudi army bases were targeted by pro-Houthi forces over the past few days.

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