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Houthi Minefield Cleared in Yemen’s Hodeidah

Houthi Minefield Cleared in Yemen’s Hodeidah

Thursday, 31 October, 2019 - 08:30
Sign of mines. (AFP Photo/KARIM SAHIB)

The Yemeni National Army’s Joint Forces Engineering Team has announced clearing a Houthi minefield south of Hodeidah.

Engineer Anis Hussein Saif said that the engineering teams were able to detect and clear the mines planted by the Houthi militias before being expelled from the neighborhood of Mandhar and its vicinity, farms and roads, which prevented many citizens from returning home.

Saif pointed out that the presence of large numbers of mines and improvised explosive devices planted by militias in villages and farms in Hodeidah province has caused the death and injury of many innocent citizens, especially women and children.

This week, the insurgents have suffered human and material losses in their battles with the Yemeni National Army, which is backed by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition.

Clashes erupted in Naham directorate, the eastern gateway to Sanaa, al-Jawf, and Hajjah province in which the militias cleared their fleeing members.

In Taiz, which has been besieged by the insurgents for five years, Colonel Abdul Basit Al Bahar, the deputy spokesperson for Yemen's army in Taiz, told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that several insurgents were killed.

The fifth military region announced Tuesday repelling a new offensive by the Houthis on army sites in Al-Tina village of Hajjah in northwestern Yemen.

In its statement, the region said that a Houthi offensive was thwarted in the early hours of Tuesday following a three-hour battle.

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