Arab coalition strikes Houthi militias in Yemen’s Maarib
Monday, 28 September 2015
[music] -Coalition warplanes have continued launching their raids targeting gatherings and weapon warehouses for the Houthi and ousted Saleh militias in a number of Yemeni Governorates, in conjunction with battles on the ground on several fronts. In Al-Sawadiyah directorate belonging to Al-Bayda province, coalition warplanes targeted with several raids the headquarters of the 26th Republican Guard Brigade loyal to the ousted Saleh. Eyewitnesses reported hearing the sounds of large explosions coming from the camp, believed to be triggered by targeting missiles that were prepared by elements of the militias to strike areas in Ma'rib and Aden, according to resistance sources. In Taiz, and after the rebels sent heavy reinforcements in an attempt to restore areas they had lost due to the popular resistance's strikes, violent clashes are taking place around the house of ousted Saleh, which is still under the control of the popular resistance. Resistance sources reported the killing of seven members from the militias, and two members from the resistance in the confrontations taking place in the fronts of Al-Kamb, Usayfirah, and Al-Jahmaliyah neighborhoods. In Ma'rib, violent clashes have continued on more than one axis, where the forces of the national army and the popular resistance with the support of the coalition forces succeeded in taking control over strategic heights and hills surrounding Talaat Al-Hamraa Hill which is one of the roads leading to Sirwah, after battles with the participation of Apache that killed about sixty members of the militias during the last 24 hours. Coalition warplanes also bombed weapons caches for the militias in Sirwah. Al-Arabiya sources reported intermittent clashes in Mihwar Harib, Al-Jawf triangle, Ma'rib and Sanaa, which reinforces the spread of the legitimate forces to cleanse the entire province from the militias. From their part, the Saudi forces repelled Houthi attempts to penetrate the border. They also clashed with Houthi rebels who infiltrated the mountain chain from the directions of Jazan and Najran. The Saudi forces continue to repel the militias of the Houthi and ousted Saleh along the entire border in multiple regions, and foiled an attempt to infiltrate the restricted area on the border in the early morning hours. In Jazan, the Saudi forces stationed in the provinces of AL-Horrath and Al-Mowassam, targeted militia groups, after their attempt to enter some unpopulated villages in Saudi Arabia, in order to set up bases for firing mortar shells and Katyusha rockets. The Saudi joint forces used drones, and launched a sweeping and combing operation on the border adjacent to the border area of Jazan, to make sure that there are no rebel activities in the restricted border area... In Najran the Saudi forces confronted an attack by hundreds of elements from the militias of the Houthis and the guards of ousted Saleh... The forces killed and injured dozens off the Sqam center, when they tried to infiltrate into Saudi Arabia equipped with light weapons and various ammunition. In turn, the Saudi joint forces supported the position with artillery and tanks, as well as Apache helicopters, which supported the forces on the ground. Furthermore, in the border province of Dhahran Al-Janoub in the area of Asir, the situation was not very different from what happened in the other border areas. Meanwhile, the border guards remain on high alert for any preemptive operation that may occur from the militias.