Two field commanders and at least eight members belonging to militias loyal to former Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh were killed in raids north of the Khaled bin al-Waleed military camp at al-Mukha northwest of Taiz.
According to sources of the popular resistance forces, Ghilan Atef was the one responsible for the mobilization of militants and the recruitment of fighters from Qafr region, who led them to fight with the militias supporting the coup.
Authorities from Yemen’s legitimate government have accused Atef of committing many crimes, violations and abductions.
Earlier, two senior Houthi militias were killed by members of the national guard during fierce battles that took place in the Mukha front.
Those senior militia leaders were identified as Merdas Zakhim, who received training in Lebanon and Iran. The other was named Fahd Batesh Sherif, who died in Mukha and was considered a prominent militia leader in Bihan, Shabwa and battles along Yemen’s west coast.