South Yemeni recruits used as Saudi cannon fodder
SANA’A – Recruits from South Yemen are used as little more than cannon fodder by the Saudi coalition, used merely to die in the first lines of battle. This was stated by South Yemen Movement leading figure Raed al-Jahafi in a media statement.
Speaking to media in South Yemen, most of which is now under occupation of the Saudi and UAE occupation forces, al-Jahafi complained that Southern troops who had been sent to Saudi Arabia under the pretext of training for battle, were led “like a herd [of cattle] into carnage” in the bloody battles in Saada province.
Al-Jahafi referred to the many hundreds of Southerners, many of whom were likely undertrained and unprepared, who perished in battle against the Yemeni Armed Forces and Popular Committees loyal to the revolutionary government in Sana’a.
Reports say that hundreds of South Yemeni recruits were forced to participate in open battle by their Saudi leaders. Many of those who refused to take part, were jailed or punished, while others deserted from service and managed to escape the Saudi grasp.
Since the beginning of 2018, a significant rift has been brewing between the South Yemen Movement and the Saudi-led invasion force, despite the two being originally allied. When the aggression started in 2015, many Southern separatist leaders joined forces with the Saudis and Emiratis, eventually forming the Southern Transitional Council and the UAE-backed Security Belt militia in Aden.
However, in the past months many voices in the Southern movement have arisen to protest the use of South Yemeni troops in the strategic plots of the Saudi and Emirati invaders.