Yemen: Bayda Heads Towards Liberation

Yemen: Bayda Heads Towards Liberation

Monday, 25 December, 2017 - 07:30
Houthi insurgents parade in Sana'a on December 19, 2017. Khaled Abdullah / Reuters
Taiz - Asharq al-Awsat
The Yemeni National Army said that its forces had liberated strategic sites in the province of al-Bayda, resulting in casualties among the army and the militias.

Ali al-Akaily, spokesperson of Decisive Brigade affiliated to Yemeni government forces, said that the Yemeni National Army has successfully liberated the last stronghold of insurgents and moved to Bayda in an operation that won’t stop until full the liberation of Bayda province.

“Liberating Bayda would be easy because the militia didn't witness any stability there because the internal resistance didn't surrender, and because the province has no strategic importance for insurgents,” added Akaily.

The operation coincided with the continuous military operations by the Yemeni National Army, supported by the Saudi-led coalition.

Some observers told Asharq Al-Awsat that “the current military operations in the east of Sana’a indicate that the Yemeni National Army has prepared itself for a wide-scope offensive on insurgents' locations nearby Sana’a International Airport."

In the same context, Houhti militias continue to shell residential towns in Taiz, leading to the injury of four civilians. But to cover up their defeats in several battlefronts, Houthis escalated severity of their crimes and violations through detentions, killings and shelling residential towns.

Commenting on this, scholar researcher Dr. Abdo al-Bahesh said to Asharq Al-Awsat: “given that the Houthi militias have been disclosed and hated by people, even when about to collapse, they rushed to launch extensive campaigns of violence, arrests and raids of citizens’ houses, in an attempt to spread fear among residents and to prevent any imminent national revolution against the repressive militias.”

Bahesh added: “Clearly, Houthi militias are behaving hysterically, especially after back-stabbing ally Ali Abdullah Saleh who was providing militias a political cover-up and a social justification of various crimes, including the coup over the Yemeni government.”

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