Yemeni forces capture Houthi strongholds

Backed by land and air support from the coalition, the Yemeni army managed to move its positions near Marib dam (Reuters)

Pro-government forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition on Monday captured “balaq” mountain and “Marbat Al-Dam" two of the Houthi rebel’s remaining strongholds in Yemen’s Marib Province, opening the path to a key highway leading to Sanaa.

Backed by land and air support from the coalition, the Yemeni army managed to move its positions near Marib dam in a offensive to retake it,”.

Marib Dam, a reservoir south-west of Marib city is strategically important for the coalition, and the roads around it were usually   used by the Houthis to bring in reinforcements to hold the remaining parts of Marib Province under their control.

Many members from Houthi and Saleh’s militias were killed and injured, according to Yemeni and coalition’s sources.

President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi on Sunday urged Houthi militias to lay down their arms and resume dialogue to end Yemen’s conflict, as he left for the U.N. General Assembly.

The embattled leader, who returned Wednesday to the southern city of Aden after a nearly six-month exile, headed to New York where he is to address the General Assembly.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45
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