Yemeni National Army Expels Houthi Militias from Camp near Hodeidah

Yemeni National Army Expels Houthi Militias from Camp near Hodeidah

Tuesday, 22 May, 2018 - 08:15
Houthi militants in Yemen. (Reuters)
Jeddah, Taiz – Asmaa al-Ghaberi and Asharq Al-Awsat
The Iran-backed Houthi militias were dealt devastating losses by the Yemeni National Army, especially on the battlefronts in Saada, Hodeidah and al-Bayda.

In Houthis’ main stronghold of Saada, the army liberated new areas in the strategic Baqim district.

The army’s media center quoted Brig. Gen. Yasser Al-Harthi as saying that the forces recaptured large parts of Wadi Al-Thuaban, Yafia Al-Souqra mountain ranges, Tabab Yazhar and parts of al-Hadeed mountain during a military operation that kicked off two days ago.

Harthi said that at least 30 Houthis were killed and wounded in the operation. Several militants, including some senior field leaders, were held captive.

He confirmed that the army has surrounded Baqim from all sides ahead of liberating it, which will mark the starting point for the complete liberation of Saada.

Hodeidah first district chief Walid al-Qadimi told Asharq Al-Awsat that a decisive battle was waged in the province on Sunday night that led to the liberation of the al-Arida camp by the Tahami resistance forces, the giants’ brigade and the Yemeni republican guard, backed by the Arab Coalition.

The Arida camp was used by the militias to train recruits ahead of sending them off to various fronts.

In al-Bayda, political activist Ahmed al-Hamzi told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Houthi militias are desperate to restore control over locations they had lost. This has prompted them to intensify their shelling of army and resistance positions, as well as villages.

Elsewhere, a source from the battlefronts told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Arab Coalition targeted militia reinforcements and positions in southern and western Taiz.

The source added that the Yemeni army thwarted a militia offensive in al-Salo district, forcing them to retreat after leaving many casualties among their ranks.

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