Yemeni army units seize control of Houthi posts

In this photo taken on Friday, April 17, 2015, fire and smoke rises after a Saudi-led airstrike on Sanaa, Yemen. (AP)

Yemeni army units aided by Popular Resistance forces in the eastern governorate of Maarib succeeded at seizing control of some posts which Houthi militias and forces of deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh were situated in, eyewitnesses told Al Arabiya News Channel on Saturday night.

Sources added that tribes and army forces in support of President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi managed to control the point of Nabaa and also forced Houthi militias out of al-Jmydr post, one of the most significant Houthi posts in the area.

They also said that tribes and army forces in support of Hadi currently besiege the Mas camp, which was formerly run by the republican guards, and which the Houthis are using as an arms warehouse and a training camp.

This happened after coalition warplanes targeted the camp and its surroundings with five aerial attacks on Saturday morning.

Deadly clashes

Meanwhile, clashes between Houthis and pro-Hadi forces in southern Yemen overnight left 21 dead, on the fourth week of a Saudi-led air campaign against insurgents, medics and local sources told Agence France-Presse Sunday.

Ten Houthi rebels and four members of the "popular committees" militia fighting on Hadi’s side were killed in pre-dawn clashes in the southwestern city of Taez, the sources said.

The "popular committees" are fighting alongside the military's 35th armored brigade which remains loyal to the exiled Hadi.

They received air support from warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition, which bombed Houthi positions, according to witnesses.

The rebels sent in reinforcements from the cities of Hodeida and Ibb to Taez.

The city has become the scene of fierce clashes over the past week, after having been largely spared in fighting that has spread across several Yemeni provinces.

Saudi Arabia launched on March 26 a military campaign answering a call from Hadi for intervention after Houthi militants overran the capital of Sanaa earlier this year.

In addition to logistic help, the U.S. has voiced its support of the campaign, dubbed Operation Decisive Storm, as a means of restoring stability to the embattled country.

Last week, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution placing an arms embargo on the Houthi militants along with blacklisting their leader and deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has allied himself with the Shiite militias.

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