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Houthis Suffer Heavy Losses in Yemen Fighting

Houthis Suffer Heavy Losses in Yemen Fighting

Wednesday, 8 April, 2020 - 18:30
Pro-government forces in Yemen's Hodeidah pictured on June 22, 2018. (AFP)
Asharq Al-Awsat

Legitimate government officials and tribal leaders announced Wednesday that the Iran-backed Houthi militias have suffered heavy losses in fighting in the provinces of Marib, Jawf and Bayda.

Saudi-led Arab coalition has carried out numerous airstrikes against the Houthis in less than two weeks, the officials said, according to the Associated Press.

They said the clashes have left more than 270 dead and at least 300 wounded from both sides, with the Houthis suffering heavy losses.

Abdu Abdullah Magli, spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces, said they wrested control of the strategic Hilan mountains, west of Marib about 115 kilometers east of the Houthi-controlled capital, Sanaa.

He said the government forces reclaimed the Labnat military camp in Jawf province and were progressing toward the strategic northern city of Hazm, the provincial capital of Jawf.

The violence flared up late last month after a foiled Houthi drone and missile attack targeting the Saudi capital. Saudi Arabia’s Air Defense Forces said they intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile over Riyadh. Another missile was also intercepted and destroyed over the southern Saudi city of Jizan.

The missile attack prompted the coalition to launch an intensive air campaign on Sanaa and other areas, to destroy Houthi military targets.

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