News ID: 320410
Published: 0318 GMT March 04, 2022

Yemen captures key area near Saudi border

Yemen captures key area near Saudi border

Yemeni troops, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, took full control of a strategic area in the country’s northern province of Hajjah close to the border with Saudi Arabia.

Military sources, requesting anonymity, told Yemen News Portal website that soldiers and allied forces captured the Al-Hathera area in Harad district, after they exchanged heavy gunfire with Saudi-backed militants.

They also took a military camp in the area, which housed Saudi mercenaries of Sudanese origin, the sources added.

The development came after Yemeni forces on Wednesday fired ballistic missiles at a military base of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Hajjah Province, killing 10 Sudanese soldiers.

“The missiles struck the units of Sudanese troops, who are part of the Saudi-led coalition, in Hajjah Province near the border with Saudi Arabia,” a local military source said on condition of anonymity.

“A total of 10 Sudanese soldiers were killed and more than 25 others injured in Hajjah’s district of Midi.”

Meanwhile, Yemen’s Al-Masirah television network said Saudi warplanes carried out eight air raids against Harad district and also pounded Al-Ajasher desert area close to Saudi Arabia’s southern region of Najran.

Saudi-led fighter jets also conducted four raids on the Al-Jubah and Wadi al-Ubaidah districts of the central Yemeni province of Ma’rib, in addition to four aerial assaults on an area in the At Tuhayat district of the western province of Hudeida.

Saudi Arabia launched the devastating war against Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with a number of its allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and several Western states.

The objective was to return to power the former Saudi-backed government and crush the popular Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective government in Yemen.

The war has stopped well shy of all of its goals, despite killing hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and turning the entire country into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Yemeni forces have continued to grow stronger in the face of the Saudi-led invaders, advancing toward strategic areas held by Saudi-led mercenaries, including Ma’rib Province, and conducting several rounds of counterstrikes against Saudi Arabia and the UAE in recent months.



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