By Asharq Al-Awsat
Houthi militias were attacking Monday houses and government institutions in the directorate of al-Hazm, the capital of the Jawf governorate where the army has engaged in fierce battles against rebels, according to local military sources.
Al-Jawf has been mostly controlled by the Houthis, but its capital – only 150 kilometers (90 miles) south of the border with Saudi Arabia – is under the government’s control.
Last month, Houthis gradually advanced in Al-Jawf until they took over Al-Hazm district last Sunday.
Military sources said that on Monday, the National Army countered the rebels’ military attack and deployed forces in the eastern parts of Al-Hazm.
Meanwhile, Houthis began to recruit children and young men to fight in the governorate of Hajjah, in the north of Gharb.
Local sources said the rebel militias were kidnapping civilians in Al-Hazm after accusing them of supporting the legitimacy.
Houthis also began looting and attacking civilians and the houses of military officers fighting in the ranks of the National Army. They exploded several houses and government institutions in the city.
The same sources confirmed that thousands of families in the governorate of Jawf began fleeing to the nearby governorate of Maarib following the Houthi military escalation during the past couple of days.
The latest field developments came at a time when the joint Yemeni forces had countered an attack launched by militias in the governorate of Ad Dali.
Local sources said the Joint Forces countered a Houthi attack launched on the eastern fronts of al-Hasha district of southern Yemen’s Ad Dali Province.
“The Yemeni forces countered a fierce Houthi attack in which the militias excessively used different types of weapons,” a field source was quoted as saying by the Media Center of Ad Dali governorate.