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Yemen forces capture two more villages in Saudi Arabia

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
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Yemeni forces have captured two more villages in southwestern Saudi Arabia as part of their retaliation against the kingdom’s military aggression.

On Saturday, the troops seized the villages of Almhjm and Alser in Jizan Province, besides capturing four military bases elsewhere in the Saudi province, Yemen’s al-Masirah TV reported.

The advances came a day after the Yemeni army forces, backed by the country’s Popular committees, overran the villages of al-Vasetah and al-Khademah in Jizan after targeting a number of military positions there.

The offensives seek to retaliate against military attacks by Saudi Arabia, which have been targeting impoverished Yemen since March in a bid to undermine Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and bring back to power fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a Riyadh ally.

A picture taken on November 16, 2015 shows a Saudi F-15 fighter jet landing at the Khamis Mushayt military airbase, some 880 kilometers (546 miles) from the capital, Riyadh, after a bombing mission against Yemen. (Photo by AFP)

Also on Saturday, Yemeni army forces recaptured a number of military bases located in the Almelh and Daqyaween valleys from Hadi supporters in the west-central Yemeni province of Ma’arib, the country’s official Saba Net news agency reported.

In the southwestern province of Ta’izz, army troops continued their advances when they conducted three separate counterattacks against different locations there, killing more than 53 foreign mercenaries fighting on behalf of Saudi Arabia and injuring nine others.

More than 7,500 people have been killed and over 14,000 others injured since the Saudi strikes began. The Saudi war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s facilities and infrastructure.

The UK-based rights group Amnesty International recently released a report titled, “Our kids are bombed,” wherein it expressed outrage at the Saudi airstrikes against schools in the provinces of Sana’a, Hajjah, and Hudaydah in western Yemen between August and October.

In some of the attacks, which killed five civilians and injured at least 14 others, including four children, “the schools were struck more than once, suggesting they were deliberately targeted,” the rights group said.

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