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Yemeni forces capture over 100 Saudi troops, kill dozens more in Ma'rib

Tanks and armored vehicles of the Saudi army are deployed on the outskirts of the southern Yemeni port city of Aden on August 3, 2015. (AFP)

Yemeni forces have managed to capture 101 Saudi soldiers in the west-central Ma'rib province, killing dozens others.

The Yemeni army, backed by Popular Committees loyal to the Houthi Ansarullah movement, caught 71 soldiers of Saudi forces in early hours of Monday while trying to reach Ma’rib city, Yemen's Arabic-language al-Masirah news website reported, adding that they had captured 30 more Saudi troopers in the same area on Sunday.

The report added that the captured soldiers were being transported to the area to further boost Saudi presence when Yemeni forces caught them.

Yemenis also killed dozens more of Riyadh’s troops in the west of the city and destroyed four of their military vehicles, it added.

Elsewhere in the province, Yemenis also targeted the Saudi-held Sahn al-Jin military base with missiles and managed to kill dozens others.

Yemenis carry out these attacks in retaliation for Saudi strikes, launched with the aim of undermining the Houthi Ansarullah movement and bringing back to power the country’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Yemeni men inspect the damage at the site of a Saudi airstrike which hit a sewing workshop, in the capital Sana’a, on February 14, 2016. (AFP)

Meanwhile, Saudi warplanes carried out multiple airstrikes on the western Sana'a province. They conducted two airstrikes on the Arhab district and two more aerial aggression against Hafa and Nahdain in al-Sabeen. The bombardments inflicted heavy damage to several houses and buildings.

Saudi fighter jets also raided the southwestern city of Ta'izz four times and caused damage to a number of houses, government buildings and agricultural areas.

The aggressors also conducted three more airstrikes against the town of Herz in the northwestern province of Hajjah.

There were no immediate reports of possible casualties of the Sunday air raids.

Separately, unknown gunmen reportedly shot dead a pro-Hadi Sunni Salafist cleric in Yemen’s main southern city of Aden. Sheikh Abdulrahman al-Adani was known for his stance against Houthi Ansarullah movement.

Rift among Hadi’s allies

Deadly clashes erupted in the southern city of Aden on Sunday between militias of the so-called Popular Southern Resistance group and soldiers guarding the Maashiq presidential palace.

The infighting occurred when the militia group sought an audience with top officials inside the palace over unpaid medical bills of their comrades who sustained injuries in an attack last month, but were blocked by the guarding soldiers.

According to local sources, at least six guards were killed and several others wounded.

Yemen has been under military attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March last year. At least 8,300 people, among them 2,236 children, have been killed so far and 16,015 others have sustained injuries. 

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