Khaled al-Qarni told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Houthis were attempting to divert the worldwide community's attention from the major crime committed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards against the Saudi Aramco oil facilities on September 14. The attack was claimed by Iran-backed Houthi rebels. The spokesperson also said that the captured troops would be taken to a secret location to avoid them being subject to Saudi airstrikes.
It could additionally assist deliver credibility to the Houthis' claims that that they had orchestrated the most important ever assault on Saudi oil services, on September 14, which quickly shut down oil manufacturing and rattled the worldwide financial system.
Iran denies being responsible and has warned any retaliatory attack targeting it will result in an "all-out war".
Yemeni military officials said Sunday the soldiers the Houthis claimed they captured were fighters recruited informally by the Saudi-led coalition to fight inside Saudi Arabian borders.
The Houthis, showing pictures of upturned Saudi vehicles and immobilised convoys, claimed the attacks had occurred over the past three days in the southern Najran region of Saudi Arabia, which borders Yemen, and would continue with greater intensity.
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The International Committee of the Red Cross, which facilitated the release, said 290 Yemeni nationals were transferred from the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa to their homes.
Houthi spokesman Brigadier Gen. Yahya Saree said Houthi forces had also wrested control of 350 square kilometers (135 square miles) of land from coalition forces in what he hailed as the "biggest trap". Numerous men, who apparently surrendered to the rebels, were dressed in flip flops and the traditional sarong-like clothing worn in Yemen and parts of Saudi Arabia. Saree stated that the Houtis defeated three "enemy military brigades", leading to the capture of "thousands" of troops, including Saudi army officers and soldiers, and hundreds of armoured vehicles. The coalition additionally seeks to thwart Shiite Iran's rising regional ambition, which incorporates its alliance with the Houthis. Many European powers, the United States had also blamed Iran.
Tens of thousands of people have died from fighting and starvation during Yemen's civil war, which the United Nations has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
The Saudi war has impacted over seven million children in Yemen who now face a serious threat of starvation, according to UNICEF figures.
Saudi Arabia made no comment on the latest claims.