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Yemeni forces kill more Riyadh mercenaries

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Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah fighters hold weapons as they chant slogans during a gathering in the capital, Sana’a, December 15, 2015. © AP

The Yemeni army, backed by the Popular Committees supporting the Houthi Ansarullah movement, has conducted a successful operation against Riyadh’s mercenaries in the southwestern province of Ta’izz.

Yemen’s al-Masirah news channel reported on Sunday that the operation was carried out in the al-Aqrooz and al-Sharija districts. Fatalities were reported on the side of the mercenaries.

Yemeni forces also carried out retaliatory missile attacks against the bases of the invaders in the Wazi’iyah district of the province.

Al-Masdar Online news website reported that Ansarullah fighters took control of the strategic mountain of al-Aqsha’ in al-Qabbaytah town in Lahij Province early on Sunday after fierce gunfight with Saudi-backed militants. Ansarullah forces began their attacks on the mountain, which overlooks the al-Anad base, on December 30.

Following the clashes, the militants withdrew with their weapons, a Yemeni source said, adding that an unspecified number of people were killed or injured on both sides.

On Saturday, six Yemeni civilians lost their lives and over 40 others were injured in Saudi airstrikes on Ta’izz.

In the Saqayn district of Sa’ada Province, northern Yemen, three civilians were killed in a Saudi airstrike on a residential area.

In another airstrike on the Kataf district of Sa’ada, six women were killed.

The regime in Riyadh began the campaign against Yemen on March 26, 2015. The airstrikes were meant to undermine Houthis and restore power to Yemen’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Also on Sunday, Saudi warplanes bombarded a number of areas in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, including the al-Sabaha district.

Yemeni workers inspect the damage at a factory in the capital, Sana’a, after it was destroyed by Saudi airstrikes, December 30, 2015. © AFP

Saudi jets also targeted the districts of Haymah al-Kharijiyah and Hamdan in Sana’a. Local sources said the warplanes launched six airstrikes on Haymah al-Kharijiyah and two on Hamdan.

More than 7,500 people have been killed and over 14,000 injured since the Saudi airstrikes began in late March.

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