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Yemeni Army Captures Seven Insurgents after Liberating As Silw in Taiz

Yemeni Army Captures Seven Insurgents after Liberating As Silw in Taiz

Wednesday, 31 January, 2018 - 08:00
A soldier loyal to Yemen’s government stands next to mines planted by Houthi militias in the province of Ma’rib, Yemen, on October 4, 2015. (Reuters/Stringer)

Yemeni military sources affirmed Tuesday that the Yemeni National Army (YNA) captured seven members from the Houthi militia, after completing the liberation of As Silw in Taiz.

Yemeni National Army launched on Sunday a military operation to continue the liberation of the remaining parts in As Silw. The army, supported by the Arab Coalition, managed to liberate all the sites, with only few enclaves left where insurgent militias take shelter.

A military source in brigade 35 reported to Asharq Al-Awsat that the YNA are now meters away from first regions of Damnah Khadeer, where insurgents fled. He added that the Arab coalition jets backed the army, assisting it in liberating As Silw through airstrikes on insurgents’ whereabouts.

“The forces captured seven insurgents in As Silw,” said the source, adding that the Arab Coalition jets targeted Houthi militia reinforcements in Ar Rahidah, Warazan and As-Silw axis on Monday morning.

Further, the UAE Armed Forces have carried out air strikes targeting two military vehicles belonging to the Houthi militia in the Yemeni district of Hayes. The first strike resulted in the destruction of a large amount of the militia's weapons and ammunition, while the second eliminated dozens of Houthis. The two vehicles were moving to strengthen the Houthi militia supplies.

Houthis are planting mines and explosive charges randomly on the roads, in houses and farms of regions which there are being expelled from. These mines killed hundreds and injured several children.

A field source stated to Asharq Al-Awsat that the “Insurgent militias are desperate to recapture al-Dab Mountains, following fierce conflict with the militias, which led to the death of many insurgents and the destruction of their military vehicles.”

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