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Army soldiers man a checkpoint in the historical town of Baraqish in Yemen’s al-Jawf province after it was taken over by pro-government forces from Houthi fighters April 6, 2016.

Jeddah- Major General Mohammed Almgdashy assured that recent victories will impose a new military condition in Yemen.

Almgdashy, in an interview with Asharq al-Awsat, stressed the vital role of the Saudi-led coalition in arming and supplying the Yemeni army.

“How will the army respond to the launch pads?” asked Asharq al-Awsat newspaper.

“Most of the launch pads used by Houthis and Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh to target the army have been destroyed – some of them have no effect at all on armed forces and national resistance,” he said.

When asked if there will be any impact on the Saudi border Almgdashy replied, “Saudi forces possess required military and fighting potentials and have succeeded in downsizing the role of launch pads owned by rebels… More than 90% of them were destroyed.”

Commenting on the fact that rebels are now mobilizing Africans, Almgdashy revealed that more than two million Africans are now on the Yemeni territory – Yet, we can’t be certain that all of them are getting involved in fighting activities but some are being exploited by Houthis and their allies to carry out logistic actions.

“What role is played by the Saudi-led coalition in supporting the army in his battles?” asked Asharq al-Awsat.

Almgdashy answered as follows, “The coalition is playing several roles in restoring legality and supporting Yemen in military fields… Saudi Arabia, under the guidance of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, has rescued Yemen from a major crisis.”

“The Decisive Storm was launched by King Salman — it was a transitional phase not only in Yemen but in the Islamic and Arab nation,” he added.

Almgdashy concluded that it is not possible to determine when the army will have full control over Yemen but he affirmed that Houthis will fail to reach any achievements in the coming period.