Houthi militias pushing women, children to the frontlines

A militant from the Houthi militia group keeps guard in a patrol vehicle securing a street during a tribal gathering in the northwestern Yemeni city of Saada. (File photo: Reuters)

Commander of the Yemeni army in Saada, Brigadier Obeid Al-Othila, said that the Houthi militias are in a state of confusion as a result of their entrapment in the first stronghold and the approach of the National Army from the hometown of the rebel leader in Maran at the center of the directorate.

This comes as the Arab coalition fighters raided several positions of the coup militias.

Al-Othila said in a statement to Al Arabiya's correspondent that the Houthis in Sadaa have pushed women and children to the frontlines, after they recruited men and children following an increasing pressure by Yemen’s army and the coalition forces.

A lot of progress has been achieved in various fronts, within a broad military operation called "cutting the snake's head" which was launched months ago, and intensified in the past two days.

The commander added that the national army forces achieved field victories, on Wednesday during the night, in positions on the fronts of Kataf and Razah and al-Dhahir, the army controlled the vast areas of mountains, and recovered areas taken by the Houthi militias.

He also pointed out that the Houthis have suffered during the past two days heavy losses of approximately 350 militants dead and wounded, while many others were captured.

The army also recovered large quantities of medium and light weapons and ammunition held by the Houthi militias.

Arab coalition aircrafts raided an air defense camp at Hudayda airport.

Coalition aircrafts also destroyed five military vehicles and reinforcements belonging to the militias in Al-Yispel area in Al Bayda coming from al-Sawdeya and al-Wahbeya area in al-Bayda Directorate.

They also targeted Houthi positions off al-Khubba in Jazan area, in addition to intense hovering of the coalition fighters over various locations in Saada, particularly al Baq’e, Baqem and al-Dhahir.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51
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