Yemen loyalist forces eye Abyan after Taez

Fighters against Houthis gather at the road leading to Al-Anad base near Aden in the southern province of Lahej, Yemen. (AP)

Yemen's Popular Resistance continued to advance in Lajij on Wednesday after Houthi militias fled to northern parts of the province.

The resistance group’s leadership said they have gained 75 per cent control of Taez and warned former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Houthi militants to leave within 24 hours.

Yemen’s interior minister said on Tuesday that forces loyal to President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi were in control of 75 percent of the country’s third largest city of Taez, according to Al Arabiya News Channel.

Brig. General Abdo Mohammed al-Hazifi said that forces from the Popular Resistance took control of most of the city where Iranian-backed Houthi militias have been targeting civilians.

Sources also said that the resistance group seized a truck load of Iranian-made communication transmitters belonging to Houthi rebels.

Also in Taez, five Houthis were killed and 70 others were wounded during clashes with pro-Hadi forces, according to local sources.

Meanwhile, around 470 Houthis were killed in the country's southern province of Lahej after clashes with Popular Resistance forces, sources told Al Arabiya News Channel.

 

On Monday, fighters from the Popular Resistance seized the country's largest military base from the Houthis.

The recapture of the al-Anad base opened up the road north to the city of Taez, where Iranian-allied Houthi militias have been locked in combat with local fighters siding with Hadi.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 13:56 - GMT 10:56
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