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Yemeni forces retake key military camp outside capital

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)
A Yemeni man inspects the damage at the site of a Saudi airstrike in the capital Sana’a, on February 14, 2016. ©AFP

The Yemeni army and allied forces have retaken a strategic military camp outside Sana’a four days after it fell to Saudi-backed mercenaries, a Press TV correspondent in the capital reports. 

Our correspondent Mohammed al-Attab said the Yemeni forces on Monday won back the Fardhat Nahm military camp, located 60 kilometers (40 miles) from Sana’a, repelling an attempt by the Saudi-led forces to advance into the capital.

Sources have told him that some 250 militants were killed in the clashes, he said. 

Saudi-led forces seized the camp, located on one of the defense lines for the capital, on Thursday under the cover of the kingdom's airstrikes.

On Tuesday, Saudi warplanes bombed various areas across its impoverished neighbor, killing at least three people in the Yemeni province of Sa’ada.

The deaths came after Saudi fighter jets targeted a car in the Ghamar district of Sada’a Province early on Tuesday, Yemen’s al-Masirah television reported.

The report said Saudi military aircraft also launched four air raids on Razih district in the same province, destroying several residential buildings.

Elsewhere in the western province of Amran, Saudi airstrikes hit a cement factory, injuring two people and causing heavy damage to the factory.

The provinces of Hudaydah and Sana’a were also hit in the Saudi air attacks. There were no immediate reports of possible casualties.

On Monday, Riyadh launched airstrikes on a farm in Hudaydah and killed four farmers.

Yemeni forces fired rockets at gathering centers of pro-Saudi militants in the Hazm district of the Jawf province, killing and inuring an unknown number of them.

They also clashed with pro-Hadi mercenaries in the Karsh district of Lahij Province, killing several of them, including a senior militant commander identified as Nu’man al-Aghbari.

Meanwhile, the Yemeni army and allied forces conducted rocket and artillery attacks on military positions in the Saudi provinces of Jizan, Najran and Asir on Monday.

Since March 26, 2015, Yemen has been under military attacks by Saudi Arabia with the declared aim of undermining the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restoring power to the fugitive former Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a Riyadh ally.

Nearly 8,300 people, among them over 2,230 children, have reportedly been killed and over 16,000 others injured since the onset of the campaign. The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s infrastructure.

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