SANA’A – According to sources in the South Yemen Movement, at least 800 mercenaries from the Saudi-hired brigades of Tariq Afash, have been jailed by Emirati forces for desertion, after fleeing from battle against the Yemeni Armed Forces.
Tariq Afash is the nephew of the late Ali Abdullah Saleh, the despot who ruled as president of Yemen from 1990 until 2011, and was killed in December 2017 following his defection to the side of the Saudi and Emirati invaders.
Vowing to avenge his uncle and continue his path of defection, Afash offered his services to the UAE forces and promised to defeat the National Salvation Government in Aden “within ten days”. However, after a series of heavy defeats in Taiz province, the mercenary leader was allegadly summoned to the Emirates in order to answer for his failures.
Now, reports state that several hundreds of Tariq Afash mercenaries have been captured while running from combat against the Yemeni Armed Forces and Popular Committees. According to sources quoted by Yemen Press Agency, around 800 troops fled the battlefield around the coastal city of Mocha, and were subsequently arrested and deported to Aden The captives were loaded in buses and brought to Camp Bir Ahmed, which is currently under control of UAE armed forces, in order to stand trial for treason and escape from the battlefield.
Sources also indicate that the Afash mercenaries were armed with state of the art modern weaponry by their Emirati masters, but in many cases left behind their weapons on the battlefield or even sold them to traders after deserting.