Houthis capture key areas in central Yemen



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Sanaa: The Houthi militia has captured key areas from Yemen’s government forces following intense fighting in the country’s central province of al-Bayda, a military official said.

The official told Xinhua News Agency that “the Houthis have stepped up their military operations and advanced on the ground leading to the capture of As Sawma’ah district in al-Bayda province” on Wednesday.

“The militia fighters were deployed in As Sawma’ah district and are stationed there after the withdrawal of government forces,” he said.

“The Houthis carried out other simultaneous attacks and seized more key areas in the neighboring district of Mukayras,” he added.

He said there is still fierce fighting between Houthi fighters and government forces backed by local tribal fighters.

There has been no official tally of casualties, but local medical sources have confirmed that several people have been killed or injured on both sides.

The Iranian-allied Houthi militia recently stepped up military operations against government-controlled areas in various parts of the war-torn Arab country and succeeded in capturing key areas from Saudi-backed government forces.

Yemen has been locked in a civil war since the Iranian-backed Houthi Shiite militia militarily invaded much of the country and seized all of the northern provinces, including the capital Sana’a, in 2014.

Saudi Arabia heads an Arab military coalition that intervened in Yemen in 2015 to support the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after the Houthis forced him into exile.

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