Forces loyal to the former Yemeni regime say they are being assisted by ground troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in their battle against Ansarullah fighters and allied forces from the army and the Popular Committees.
According to the loyalists of the regime of Yemen’s fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, the reinforcements supported them in an alleged Monday offensive to seize Yemen’s largest air base, al-Anad, located in the southwestern Lahij Province.
Pro-Hadi militnats claim they have seized the base. Ansarullah fighters and their allies, however, say they have repelled the attack and remain in control of the air base, located north of the strategic port city of Aden.
The London-based al-Hayat newspaper reported on Monday that Saudi Arabia had stationed 1,500 forces in southern Yemen, saying most of the deployed forces were from the UAE and had entered Yemen’s southern Aden Province.
Citing sources affiliated to Hadi, the daily said the forces had entered the province through al-Buraiqeh port to fight Ansarullah and Popular Committees.
It also reported that Riyadh had transferred heavy military equipment, such as tanks, personnel carriers and armored vehicles, to Hadi’s loyalists.
Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, continued pounding Yemen. Yemen’s official Saba Net news agency said Saudi airstrikes had killed four Yemeni civilians in the al-Ghayl district of Yemen’s northwestern province of al-Jawf.
The Al Saud regime launched its military aggression against Yemen – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to Hadi, an ally of Riyadh.
According to UN figures, the Saudi war has killed nearly 1,900 civilians since late March. However, local sources have given a much higher death toll.
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