Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who has resigned as Yemen’s president but seeks to regain power with Saudi military intervention, has reportedly entered the country’s Ma’rib Province, where reports say he is due to oversee an offensive on the capital, Sana’a.
The website Hona Aden reported on Sunday that Hadi is being accompanied by his deputy Ali Mohsen al-Ahmer.
The report did not provide any further details about the purported offensive on Sana’a, which is held by Houthi Ansarullah fighters and allied army units.
Saudi Arabia launched military attacks against Yemen in March 2015. The war has so far killed more than 9,400 people and injured at least 16,000 others.
In a separate development, more than two dozen Hadi loyalists were killed and scores of others injured during clashes with army troops and allied fighters in the western-central province of Amran.
A security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the clashes broke out during an army operation on Saturday to wrest control over the strategic Heed al-Zahab mountain in Farzah Nihm district of the province, Yemen’s September 26 news website reported.
The source added that Yemeni forces managed to seize the mountainous region following the intense fighting.
At least 25 Saudi mercenaries, including a militant commander identified as Abdumohammad Bukhaiti, were killed during the fierce skirmishes, and tens of others sustained injuries, according to the source.
Separately, Yemeni army forces and Houthi Ansarullah fighters launched a ballistic missile at Shihat military camp in the northern province of al-Jawf on Sunday morning, leaving a large number of Saudi mercenaries dead and injured.
The development came only a few hours after an unspecified number of Saudi-backed militants died in a missile attack by Ansarullah fighters against Tadaween base in Ma’rib.
Elsewhere in the southern coastal province of Aden, two bomb explosions ripped through al-Mos’abin village, but no casualties were reported.
Also on Sunday, Saudi fighter jets carried out a raft of aerial attacks Nihm district in Sana’a Province, though no reports of casualty and damage were immediately available.