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Yemeni forces liberate large territories in Shabwah, Ma’rib during major offensive

The Spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, reveals the details of Operation Rabi’ al-Nasr (Spring of Victory) during a press conference in the capital Sana’a, on October 17, 2021. (Photo by al-Masirah television network)

Yemeni army troops and fighters from the allied Popular Committees have managed to liberate 3,200 square kilometers of land and inflict heavy losses on Saudi-led militants during the latest advances in Yemen’s strategic provinces of Shabwah and Ma’rib.

Speaking at a press conference in the capital Sana’a on Sunday afternoon, Spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree revealed the details of ‘Operation Rabi’ al-Nasr’ (Spring of Victory), and said the large-scale offensive successfully achieved its goals.

“Yemeni Armed Forces could liberate Usaylan, Bayhan and Ain districts in Shabwah province, in addition to the districts of al-Abdiyah and Harib in [neighboring] Ma’rib province during the operation. They could also reclaim large swaths of territory in al-Jubah and Jabal Murad districts [in Ma’rib],” he said.

Saree said hundreds of mercenaries fighting for the regime in Riyadh were killed, wounded and captured during the operation. The spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces highlighted that scores of al-Qaeda and Daesh terrorists were among the latest casualties, and that large amounts of ammunition were recovered from the Saudi-led Takfiri militants as well.

The Yemeni military official further praised the important role that Ma’rib and Shabwah tribes played in the liberation of their districts from the grip of the Saudi-led alliance, calling on the mercenaries to leave the ranks of the coalition of aggression.

Saree concluded that the Yemeni Armed Forces will continue to honor their duties until the complete cessation of the Saudi-led aggression, removal of the brutal all-out blockade and restoration of the Yemeni nation’s freedom and independence.

On Friday, a high-ranking member of Yemen’s Ansarullah resistance movement said military operations by the army troops and fighters from the Popular Committees will continue until Saudi forces and their Takfiri mercenaries fully withdraw from the Arab country.

“Ma’rib is a Yemeni province. Our military operations, God willing, will continue until the last foreign soldier, who has occupied our soil, is either expelled or killed,” Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a top member of Ansarullah’s political bureau, wrote in a post published on his Twitter page.

Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and regional allies, launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing Ansarullah. The war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead, and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases.

Yemeni armed forces and the Popular Committees have grown steadily in strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

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