Sana’a: The Arab coalition in Yemen, led by Saudi Arabia, said on Tuesday it had launched 12 strikes on Houthi positions in northwestern Hajjah governorate in the past 24 hours. He said that as a result, eight military vehicles were destroyed and dozens of Houthis were killed, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The coalition said dozens of Houthi militia members were killed and injured, following targeted raids by coalition fighters to bolster legitimacy in Hajjah governorate.
Coalition fighters continue their airstrikes on Houthi militia sites and fortifications on many battlefronts in several governorates, inflicting heavy losses in equipment and lives.
Houthi fighting kills 10 in Yemen
At least 10 soldiers were killed on Tuesday in heavy fighting between pro-government Yemeni troops and Houthi militants in the southern province of Dhalea.
The Houthi attack was aborted by government forces after hours of fierce fighting near Qatabah district in northern Dhalea.
Yemeni army regains new areas south of Marib from Houthis
The Yemeni army said on Tuesday it had returned to new areas south of Marib governorate in central Yemen after heavy clashes with the Iran-backed Houthis in the past 24 hours.
“Army units and Popular Resistance forces launched a ground offensive and succeeded in [take] Yameen Al Raddah and Al Faliha positions where the Iran-backed Houthi militia was stationed,” the Yemeni army media center said.
The coalition destroys the Houthis’ communication system
The Houthi attack in Marib comes a day after the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen announced the destruction of a communications system used to operate forward communications stations to control drones.
The battle will soon be resolved
Earlier on Monday, February 14, Yemeni army chief of staff Saghir bin Aziz said the armed forces, with the support of the Saudi-led coalition, “will soon resolve the battle against the Houthi militia”.
On Thursday (February 10th), authorities destroyed the drone fired at the international airport in the southern city of Abha, but shrapnel left a few people injured, SPA reported.
At least twelve people were injured, including an Indian resident, by shrapnel from a drone intercepted by air defenses at Abha airport in Saudi Arabia.
Yemen has been embroiled in civil war since September 2014, when the Houthi militia forced the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi out of the capital Sanaa.
Since March 2015, the Arab coalition has been carrying out military operations in support of government forces in Yemen, to confront the Iran-backed Houthis, who control several governorates, including the capital, Sanaa.
Several regions of Saudi Arabia are under constant attack by ballistic missiles and drone bombs, launched from Yemen towards their airports and oil installations.
The Iran-backed Houthi militia launched a major offensive against Marib in February 2021 in an attempt to take control of the province, the last northern stronghold of the Saudi-backed Yemeni government.
Currently, as many as 3 million people live in the city of Marib, including about a million who fled the Houthi advance in other parts of Yemen.