Yemeni army advances in northern Mokha with Arab coalition support

Yemeni loyalist forces gather outside the west of the Yemeni coastal port town of Mokha, on April 12, 2017.(AFP)

Yemeni government forces established control over several positions north of the western city of Mokha on Sunday, a military source who wished to remain anonymous told Al Arabiya.

The source who is within Taez’s military leadership of the Anatolia said that government forces took control of the area of Kdaiha, and 5 farms north of the city of Mukha with the help of air support of the Arab coalition fighters led by Saudi Arabia.

He explained that the Houthis and the forces of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh launched an attack at the government forces in the area of Zahari and its surroundings, and the government forces hit back.

He added that the coalition fighters launched more than 10 air strikes in those locations, killed and wounded Houthis and Saleh's forces, and the demolished military machinery.

The city of Mokha and its seaport are under the control of the legitimate Yemeni forces since January 23, following a large military operation launched by the Yemeni army on the 7th of the same month under the name "Golden Spear".

Operation "Golden Spear" continues in the north and east of Mokha.

UN efforts are still being made to revive the peace process. UN envoy to Yemen Ismaïl Ould Cheikh Ahmed restated on Sunday that he was working hard to reach a ceasefire before Ramadan.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49