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Yemen retakes last base held by Saudi-led forces in southern Ma’rib

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)
This picture, released by the media bureau of Yemen’s Operations Command Center on July 22, 2021, shows Yemeni armed forces and fighters from allied Popular Committees during a major offensive against Saudi mercenaries near the border with the kingdom’s southwestern region of Jizan.

Yemen’s defense forces score several military gains against Saudi-led militants across the country, including by recapturing the last base held by them in the south of the west-central Ma’rib Province.

According to a report published by Yemen Press Agency on Wednesday, the country’s army and their allied Popular Committees regained control of the strategic al-Fuqara’ Mountains, the last front controlled by the militants in the area.

The achievement, the report said, came about following stiff confrontations between the two sides.

The forces also made significant progress in other areas lying among Ma’rib and the Sana’a Province that neighbors it to the west and the Shabwa Province that lies to its south.

Ma’rib that is wedged right in the middle of a whole host of other Yemeni provinces, has turned into a focus of the forces’ liberation operations for many months now. 

The province’s recapture, towards which many advancements have been made so far, is expected to pave the way for further military victories for Yemen’s defenders.

Also on Tuesday, Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen television network reported that a “massive explosion” had rocked an outpost hosting Saudi-led coalition’s forces in Ma’rib.

The blast took place as a result of “bombing” of the headquarters, it said, but did not provide any further details about the extent of the casualties or damage that the attack might have caused.

No person or party has claimed responsibility for the incident so far.

Currently, the Yemeni forces have also focused special attention on the al-Bayda Province, which similar to Shabwa is located to the south of Ma’rib, in order to be able to expand their gains.

The Yemeni army’s new strategic focus on Bayda has likewise beleaguered their opponents in the province, afflicting them with a large number of casualties.

According to the Yemeni outlet’s report, the forces also launched an “extensive military attack” against the Saudi-led coalition’s bases in the east of Bayda, securing command over many strategic outposts overlooking Ma’rib and Shabwa.

Saudi Arabia and many of its allies have been staging the war on Yemen since 2015 to restore power there to the kingdom’s former Riyadh-friendly officials.

The war and a simultaneous siege that the Saudi-led coalition has been enforcing on the Arab world’s already poorest nation, has killed tens of thousands of Yemenis.

The invasion has also pushed the entire Yemen close to the brink of outright famine, turning the country into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Yemen’s defense forces have, however, vowed not to lay down their arms and resistance operations until the country’s complete liberation.

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