Yemeni forces near route leading to Sanaa
Since September 2014, Iran-backed Houthi militia control the capital Sanaa, forcing President Hadi into exile
The Yemeni army and its allies in the Popular Resistance committees on Saturday reached the outskirts ona route linking the capital Sanaa and Marib city after taking control of the mountains and highlands overlooking the region, military sources said.
The army and the committees - both loyal to the internationally recognized government of President Abedrabu Mansour Hadi - are trying to recapture Sanaa, still under the control of the Iran-backed Houthi militias.
The Houthis retained control over Sanaa after their attempted coup in September 2014.
Meanwhile in Taiz, the army and the committees defended their territories against an attack by the Houthis around the 35th Brigade, Madrat, al-Han Mount and al-Sayahi area west of the southwestern city.
Sources in the committees also reported a failed infiltration attempt by the Houthis into Sharaf Assalo, an area located south of Taiz.
The recent clashes led to the killing of 29 Houthis, while one pro-government fighter was killed, the sources said. At least 17 fighters from the pro-government camp were also injured.
Sources also told Al Arabiya News Channel that an airstrike by Saudi-led Coalition has killed two Houthi field commanders, Aqeel Ali Ahmed Naji and Amin Faisal Moawad, in Shada in the province of Saada, bordering Saudi Arabia on the northwest.
Local tribal sources confirmed that the coalition’s airstrike targeted Houthi military reinforcements in the bordering region.
Saudi Arabia and its mostly Gulf Arab allies intervened in Yemen’s civil war in March 2015 after the armed Houthi movement had pushed the Hadi administration into exile in Saudi Arabia.