Wed Dec 23, 2015 7:39AM
Houthi Ansarullah fighters ride on patrol trucks in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, December 14, 2015. (Photo by AP)
Houthi Ansarullah fighters ride on patrol trucks in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, December 14, 2015. (Photo by AP)

The Yemeni army, backed by Popular Committees loyal to the Houthi Ansarullah movement, has captured a strategic mountain in the southwestern province of Ta’izz.

Yemen’s al-Masirah TV network reported on Wednesday that the Yemeni forces were able to liberate Mount Jubah in the al-Mesrakh district of Ta’izz and kill a number of Saudi mercenaries.

According to the report, several Saudi-backed forces were also killed or captured during a raid on al-Shukah Mountain in Ta’izz.

In another development on Wednesday, the Yemeni army fired a Qaher 1 ballistic missile at the al-Faisal military base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern city of Khamis Mushait in retaliation for Riyadh’s unrelenting military campaign against Yemen.

Separately, several militiamen loyal to fugitive former Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, were killed after Yemeni troops fired a missile at the Dhubab district of Tai’zz.

Yemeni men walk past a building damaged during a Saudi airstrike in the capital, Sana’a, November 29, 2015. (Photo by AFP)

Meanwhile, Saudi bomber aircraft pounded Yemen’s northern province of Sa’ada, killing five civilians and wounding six others.

Saudi Arabia started its military aggression against Yemen in late March in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and bring Hadi back to power.

To curb the increasing violence, a seven-day ceasefire under the United Nations’ auspices was agreed in Yemen, which went into effect on December 15, but was repeatedly violated by the Saudi side or the Hadi loyalists.

Saudi Arabia’s attacks against Yemen have so far claimed the lives of more than 7,500 people and injured over 14,000 others.