0845 GMT February 21, 2019
A Yemeni commander loyal to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi said on Monday that the deployment of the Sudanese soldiers was part of the Saudi military campaign in Yemen.
The soldiers will join 500 other Sudanese troops who landed in Aden on October 19, part of whom were deployed across Aden and al-Anad airbase in Lahj Province, the commander said.
The fresh deployment came as Yemeni forces have been making advances in the country’s south, seeking to capture the strategic city of Aden.
Earlier on Monday, fighters from the Houthi Ansarullah movement, backed by allied army units, seized the Faridhah military base and destroyed three Saudi armored vehicles in retaliatory attacks against Saudi positions in Jizan.
Elsewhere in central province of Ma’rib, Yemeni forces launched an attack against Saudi-led foreign forces and killed scores of them, including a Qatari and an Emirati officer.
A number of Saudi soldiers were also killed and injured in Yemeni forces’ rocket attacks on Saudi bases in Jizan.
Saudi Arabia began its aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the advancing Ansarullah movement and restore power to Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.
Reports say more foreign forces are joining the Saudi aggression against Yemen. Some 1,000 Qatari military forces, backed by more than 200 armored vehicles and 30 Apache combat helicopters, have recently joined the Saudi forces.
On September 9, Reuters reported that as many as 800 Egyptian soldiers had arrived in Yemen to aid the Saudi army in its war against Yemen.
This comes as some 45 Emirati soldiers and five Bahraini troops were killed in a rocket attack on a weapons cache in Ma’rib in September.
The conflict has so far left more than 7,100 people killed and injured nearly 14,000 others.