Yemen: Bayda Heads Towards Liberation

Houthi insurgents parade in Sana'a on December 19, 2017. Khaled Abdullah / Reuters
Houthi insurgents parade in Sana'a on December 19, 2017. Khaled Abdullah / Reuters
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Yemen: Bayda Heads Towards Liberation

Houthi insurgents parade in Sana'a on December 19, 2017. Khaled Abdullah / Reuters
Houthi insurgents parade in Sana'a on December 19, 2017. Khaled Abdullah / Reuters

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.”



Israeli Tanks at Edge of Rafah's Mawasi Refuge Zone

A man walks across  fallen tents the day after a strike on the al-Mawasi area, northwest of the Palestinian city of Rafah on June 22, 2024.  (Photo by Bashar TALEB / AFP)
A man walks across fallen tents the day after a strike on the al-Mawasi area, northwest of the Palestinian city of Rafah on June 22, 2024. (Photo by Bashar TALEB / AFP)
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Israeli Tanks at Edge of Rafah's Mawasi Refuge Zone

A man walks across  fallen tents the day after a strike on the al-Mawasi area, northwest of the Palestinian city of Rafah on June 22, 2024.  (Photo by Bashar TALEB / AFP)
A man walks across fallen tents the day after a strike on the al-Mawasi area, northwest of the Palestinian city of Rafah on June 22, 2024. (Photo by Bashar TALEB / AFP)

Israeli tanks advanced to the edge of the Mawasi displaced persons' camp in the northwest of the southern Gaza city of Rafah on Sunday in fierce fighting with Hamas-led fighters, residents said.
Images of two Israeli tanks stationed on a hilltop overlooking the coastal area went viral on social media, but Reuters could not independently verify them.

"The fighting with the resistance has been intense. The occupation forces are overlooking the Mawasi area now, which forced families there to head for Khan Younis," said one resident, who asked not to be named, on a chat app.

More than eight months into Israel's war in the Hamas-administered Palestinian enclave, its advance is focused on the two areas its forces have yet to seize: Rafah on Gaza's southern tip and the area surrounding Deir al-Balah in the center.

Residents said Israeli tanks had pushed deeper into western and northern Rafah in recent days, blowing up dozens of houses.

The Israeli military said it was continuing "intelligence-based, targeted operations" in the Rafah area and had located weapons stores and tunnel shafts, and killed Palestinian gunmen.

The armed wings of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad movement said their fighters had attacked Israeli forces in Rafah with anti-tank rockets and mortar bombs and pre-planted explosive devices.

Elsewhere, an Israeli airstrike killed eight Palestinians in Sabra, a suburb of Gaza City in the north, and another strike killed two people in Nuseirat in central Gaza.

The military said it had struck dozens of targets throughout the Strip.

On Saturday, Palestinian health officials said at least 40 Palestinians had been killed in separate Israeli strikes in some northern Gaza districts, where the Israeli army said it had attacked Hamas's military infrastructure. Hamas said the targets were the civilian population.

In Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip, health officials at Kamal Adwan Hospital said a baby had died of malnutrition, taking the number of children dead of malnutrition or dehydration since Oct. 7 to at least 30, a number that health officials say reflects under-recording.