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Coalition Destroys Arms Warehouses for Houthis North of Saada

Coalition Destroys Arms Warehouses for Houthis North of Saada

Saturday, 11 November, 2017 - 13:00
Recruited Houthi militants ride on the back or a truck during a parade before heading to the front line to fight against government forces, in Sana’a, Yemen. Reuters 

Saudi-led coalition air forces have destroyed a large weapons warehouse belonging to the Houthi militias north of Saada.

"The coalition forces targeted Sha’eer Mountain in several raids, during which a weapons warehouse belonging to the militia was destroyed,” Yemeni news agency quoted a military source as saying.

This coincided with what was revealed by the operations of the joint forces on the destruction of a number of heavy weapons belonging to the insurgents by a Yemeni National Army tank and coalition aircraft, during the past two days, in a number of locations.

A source from the joint forces indicated that a number of mortars held by the militias were targeted as well as Houthi armed groups in several areas in Yemen.

On a daily basis, Houthi insurgents suffer heavy losses, which have increased recently due to a significant progress by the National Army forces, supported by the coalition forces.

In the context of combating terrorism in Yemen, security sources announced the death of two Yemeni soldiers and two terrorists during clashes Friday as Yemeni forces seized an al-Qaeda foothold south of the country.

Militants fled to nearby mountains after the clashes in al-Hawtah district of Shabwa province, said a Yemeni officer.

He said Apache helicopters belonging to the UAE — a key member of the Arab coalition in Yemen — then strafed the mountains where the terrorists had fled, according to AFP.

“We entered Hawtah after clashes with the terrorists and now we’re stationed in several locations... We are in total control of the area,” the officer said.

Yemeni forces have brought Shabwa province largely under government control, though al-Qaeda is known to make tactical retreats to mountain refuges, only to resurface.

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