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Anti-Houthi groups making progress: spokesman

Saudi-led coalition spokesman Ahmed Asiri said fighters battling against Houthi militias in Yemen are making progress

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Fighters battling against the Iranian-backed Houthi militias in Yemen are making progress, the Saudi-led coalition spokesman Ahmed Asiri said on Thursday, stressing that the coalition aims for a safe and secure Yemeni state.

Asiri made the remarks to Al-Hadath, the sister channel of Al Arabiya News, shortly after he finished his daily briefing of the press in Riyadh on the Saudi-led strikes.

During his press conference, the spokesman said coalition airstrikes have targeted fuel storage facilities seized by Houthi militias in Yemen.

Asiri said the fuel is being seized by Houthi militias and forces loyal to deposed leader Ali Abdullah Saleh.

“The coalition forces have become more accurate in targeting vehicles, camps, ordnance warehouses and fuel tanks captured by the Houthis through robbery,” he said in statements carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

“Coalition forces consequently targeted spots of ammunition and fuels, alike, in addition to their military concentrations,” he added.

The coalition also continues its aerial supply of weapons and food to pro-government forces in Aden, Asiri said.

He said that communication between the coalition forces in Aden, the People's Committees and resistance units, is ongoing to “pinpoint Houthi targets.”

Asiri mentioned that the situation in the Yemeni governorate of Taiz is stable.

He also said a large number of relief shipments will arrive at Yemeni ports soon and noted that the coalition is avoiding hitting civilians in its war against the militias who swept across much of the country last month.

Asiri added Houthi militias have continued to target Saudi territory with mortar shells.

He said daily skirmishes of sporadic mortar by Houthi militias along the southern Saudi border continue, especially in Najran and Jazan, SPA added.

Ground forces are combating them to “guarantee the safety along the Saudi border,” he said.

He also called on Yemeni brigade commanders to support the legitimate government affiliated with President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and to protect the Yemeni people.