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Yemen Govt Close to Liberating Marib's Harib District from Houthis

Yemen Govt Close to Liberating Marib's Harib District from Houthis

Saturday, 15 January, 2022 - 06:00
Anti-Houthi fighters in Bayhan after its liberation. (AFP)

The Giants Brigades are close to liberating the Harib district in the Yemeni province of Marib from the Iran-backed Houthi militias, field sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.

The Giants Brigades have made advances on three major positions as they worked closely with the national army, which is in turn advancing in southern Marib towards Harib and al-Jawiya.

The Brigades announced that three Houthi leaders were killed in Harib, identifying them as Abdul Fattah al-Bahri, Ahmed Salem al-Haddar and Taleb Mohsen al-Sharif.

The battles are part of the Saudi-led Arab coalition's recently launched operation to liberate the entire country from the terrorist Houthis.

Intense coalition raids on Friday left 330 Houthis dead and destroyed dozens of their military vehicles.

In a tweet, the coalition said it carried out 36 operations against the Houthis in Marib in the past 24 hours. Twenty-two of their vehicles were destroyed and more than 250 militants were killed.

Meanwhile, the Giants Brigades have reached the eastern outskirts of the al-Bayda province, arriving from the Bayhan district in the Shabwah province that liberated from the Houthis earlier this week.

The coalition said it had carried out 12 operations against the Houthis there in the past 24 hours. The attacks destroyed seven Houthi vehicles and killed over 80 terrorist militants.

On the political level, official sources said Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak held telephone talks with United Nations envoy Hans Grundberg on the latest developments in Yemen.

The discussed the dire humanitarian situation in Marib, where over 2 million people are displaced and are at the mercy of the ongoing barbaric Houthi offensive that the militias launched over two years ago, reported the Saba news agency.

They also tackled the government's efforts to normalize the situation in Shabwah after its liberation.

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