Fierce clashes flared up once again between government forces ___ supported by tribesmen ___ and the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Al Marib and provinces, northeastern Yemen, military sources said.
Spokesperson for the Yemeni Army Brig. Abdo Mugali said on Sunday that military operations carried out by the Yemeni Army targeted Houthi fortifications and militants, thwarting the militia attempts to advance in Al Makhdara and Serwah fronts in the oil-rich Marib province, which is the last and main stronghold of the internationally recognized government in north Yemen.
“Recent military operations have accurately hit enforcement and combatants of the militia in Al Makhdara and Serwah fronts in Marib as well as in Nagdl al-Ataq front in Nehm district, east the rebel-held capital, Sana’a,” Brig. Mugali said, adding that the Army artillery and air strikes launched by the Saudi-led coalition, targeted Houthi combatants in Rahba and Mourad Mount, leaving scores killed or wounded.
Mugali asserted that the militia “resorted to intensifying their bomb-laden attacks on civilians in Marib and Saudi Arabia”, for they suffered heavy losses in the attacks.
In Al Jawf province, the Yemeni Army, backed by tribesmen, managed to recaptured strategic sites in Khab and Alshef district, north the province of Al Jawf, September net reported, citing a military field officer.
According to the source, the Yemeni Army launched on Sunday a wide-scale offensive against positions of militia south Al-Khanjar military base, a strategic military camp that was recaptured earlier this month by the Yemeni Army.
In April, the Houthi insurgents announced they had been successful in controlling the entire province of Al Jawf, located in northwest Yemen. Since then the rebels have been fighting the government forces in an attempt to secure Al-Jawf and seize Marib province, the last stronghold of the Yemeni legitimate government.