What Have U.S.-UK Warplanes Targetedin Mountains Surrounding Sanaa?

Sheba Intelligence | 2024-02-04 01:59 PM UTC


The United States and the United Kingdom carried out late Saturday a fresh barrage of strikes on Houthi-controlled sites in Sanaa and other provinces in North Yemen as part of the two countries' continued effort to mitigate the Houthi threats on ships in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. 

On Saturday midnight, warplanes were heard flying in the sky over Sanaa. A few minutes later, resounding explosions shook Attan and Al-Nahdian mountains surrounding the capital,Sanaa. 

Residents told Sheba Intelligence that they heard over ten strikes were heard. Houthi authorities said 13 airstrikes by the "American-British aggression" hit locations in Sanaa. 

The U.S. and U.K. forces hit sites in the mountains around Sanaa, aiming to destroy defense systems, a radar network, and weapon depots. 

In November of last year, Sheba Intelligencerevealed the Houthi forces began deploying defense systems in several areas expected to be targeted. The group also installed a radar network in the mountains surrounding the capital, Sana'a. 

On November 3, a military source said, "Iranian experts were able to maintain the radar network that belonged to the Republican Guard during the days of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and it is of French origin. The radar network began to operate in the past 24 hours to discover threats."


Yesterday's strikes also hit a strategic weapon depot in Al-Nahdain. On January 18, ShebaIntelligence tracked a case of missile transfer from a  strategic depot in Sanaa to the launch centers in Al-Hudaydah. The process of the missile transfer happened as follows:


Six missiles were transported from a depot in the Al-Nahdain Mountain, which overlooks Sana'a. The missiles moved from Al-Nahdain in Sana'a on two different roads. The first truck went to Saraf area north of Sana'a and then returned west via the Al-Haimah – Al-Hudaydah road. The truck reached the tactical depot in Bajil of Al-Hudaydah province. The second truck moved from Al-Nahdain in Sanaa towards Dhamar. The truck continued the journey until it reached a tactical depot in the Kilo 16 camp in Al-Hudaydah. 


While the U.S. and U.K. continue striking Houthi sites in Yemen, the Iran-backed Yemeni group vows to persist in its attacks on shipping lanes in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden in support of Palestinians in Gaza, which Israel has been bombing since October last year. 


Today, Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Saree said the Yemeni armed forces will launch retaliatory attacks for the U.S.-British airstrikes on six provinces. 

"U.S.-British coalition airstrikes will not deter us from our support to Palestinian people in Gaza and will not pass without response and punishment," Saree said.