1002 GMT April 10, 2021
“The coalition of aggression member states are going through miserable conditions, and are now looking for a way out of Yemen quagmire,” Atifi said in an exclusive interview with Yemen’s Al-Masirah television network on Friday evening.
“We have the information and coordinates that give us the opportunity to vigorously challenge the coalition of aggression, and to enrage Riyadh, Washington, London, Paris and Tel Aviv. They will find nothing other than a retaliatory attack as long as their aggression persists,” Press TV reported.
The high-ranking Yemeni military official pointed out that the Saudi-led military alliance does not want to concede defeat in its campaign against Yemen, noting that those who dragged the Riyadh regime and its allies into the aggression are now looking for their escape in a face-saving manner.
Atifi highlighted that Yemeni armed forces and fighters from allied Popular Committees are currently battling Saudi-led mercenaries and militants loyal to Yemen's former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, in dozens of fronts, including central Yemeni provinces of Marib and Al-Bayda, southern provinces of Taiz and Dhale, northern province of Al-Jawf as well as strategic western province of Hodeida.
“Marib is a Yemeni province and it must be liberated, as is the case for all regions of the Republic of Yemen,” he said.
“Whenever Yemeni armed forces score a field victory, there is a hue and cry among world states for various reasons, including fear for oil supplies… Whilst the [military] options of the coalition of aggression are narrowing, ours are expanding. We have a strategy dubbed ‘Immense Pain’ and are ready to implement it at any time,” Atifi pointed out.
Elsewhere in his remarks, he highlighted that the Yemeni armed forces have made great offensive and defensive achievements over the past six years, stressing that the forces can now manufacture a wide array of armament, ranging from light to heavy weapons, ballistic and winged missiles, combat drones as well as air defense and naval systems.
Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and its other regional allies, launched the devastating war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of Yemen's former president back to power and crushing the popular Ansarullah movement.
The Yemeni armed forces and allied Popular Committees have, however, gone from strength to strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.