Hadramout21: Asharq Al-Awsat

Around 55 Iran-backed Houthi militiamen were killed and others injured in clashes with the Yemeni National Army, the coalition raids of the legitimacy support coalition in Saada, northwest of Sanaa, and south of the key Red Sea port city of Hodeidah

Yemeni army forces, backed by a heavy dose of air raids by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition, were able to directly attack Houthi concentrations, achieve high-value military objectives across various combat fronts, and continue a strong push against coup-held southern fronts

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, Houthi coupists admitted to the killing of 40 members and the injury of dozens in clashes on landbridges connecting the coup-captured Sanaa and the eastern port of the city Hodeidah

“Arab Coalition aircraft targeted reinforcements and Houthi equipment with destructive air raids,” local field sources reported

In Saada, some 15 Houthis were killed and others wounded last Saturday

“Houthi militias tried exploiting seasonal changes in weather in Saada province to stage a tri-frontal ambush with over 20 combat vehicles and dozens of armed motorbikes, but these movements were monitored and destroyed by the army and Arab Coalition force,” sources added

In another development, Tension and armed confrontations widened between the militias of Abdul Malik al-Houthi and his uncle, Abdul Azim al-Houthi, a Zaidi cleric in several areas in the governorates of Saada, Hajjah, Amran and Sanaa with both rallying their bases in many regions of Saada

In Al Jawf province, military sources said that army divisions targeted positions and gatherings of the coup militias on the western fronts late Saturday night front, inflicting considerable losses on coup ranks

As for Taiz province, Houthi militiamen staged desperate attempts to infiltrate national army western, eastern and southern posts but were defeated on every occasion

A military source in the 35 Armored Brigade told Asharq Al-Awsat that “coup militiamen staged frequent attempts to infiltrate National Army positions at As Silw District, Taiz, and incurred significant human losses as a result”

According to the source, clashes lasted for some three hours