VIDEO: Yemeni Army, Popular Forces Close to Winning Back Strategic Areas in Ta’iz

Tue Feb 16, 2016 18:52:35

The Yemeni army and popular forces made considerable advances in Ta’iz and Sana’a provinces as they are very close to winning back new key areas there.

The Zobab region in Ta’iz province and Wadi al-Milh and al-Tabab region in Sana’a are on the verge of being seized back by the Yemeni forces.

The victories of the Yemeni forces in Zobab front come while the Saudi-led coalition is fully equipped with advanced military equipment.

Meantime, the Yemeni forces took full control of al-Shabaka heights overlooking Zobab city in Ta'iz province. Al-Shabaka heights comprise five important hilltops.

The Yemeni forces are now paving their way to Zobab city as they are now in full control of al-Shabaka heights.

Winning back the Zobab city would provide the Yemeni forces with access to the strategic Bab al-Mandeb from the Eastern direction.

In a relevant development earlier today, the media reports said that Saudi Arabia has sent advanced military equipment and weapons to an extremist Salafi group called Hama al-Aqida led by Abu al-Abbas in Ta'iz province in a bid to pave the way for impending attacks by forces loyal to fugitive President Mansour Hadi on Bab al-Mandeb.

"New military equipment has been sent to al-Torba region to help the pro-Hadi militias," Yemen's Arabic-language Khabar news agency quoted an informed local source as saying on Monday.

A military truck packed with weapons and two armored personnel carriers arrived in al-Farza area in al-Torba region yesterday.

Also today, Senior Yemeni officials rejected the claims by the pro-Saudi camp that a strategic region in Ma'rib province has been captured by the pro-Hadi militias.

"The Farza-9 strategic region and its military base are still in the hands of the Yemeni army and the popular forces," Ansarullah official Abdullah al-Heshami told FNA.

Al-Heshami's remarks came after the Saudi and Israeli media launched propaganda in recent days claiming that the pro-Hadi forces had taken control of Farza-9 region.

Al-Heshami reiterated that the Yemeni forces had changed their positions in Farza-9 region in a bid to evade the Saudi airstrikes on their positions, but they have returned to their positions now.

The pro-Saudi camp's media hype comes at a time when the Yemeni army and popular forces have made remarkable military gains against the Saudi and pro-Hadi militias in Ma'rib province.

On February 5, at least 104 Saudi-led forces, including 8 senior Saudi and UAE officers, were killed in Yemen's ballistic missile attack on Ma'as military base in Ma'rib province in Central Yemen.

A commander of Yemen's Ansarullah Movement confirmed the missile attack at the Ma'as military base in Ma'rib.

On February 12, the Yemeni army and popular forces shot down a Saudi spy drone in Northern Yemen.

The Yemeni forces targeted a remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as it was flying over a strategic district in Midi region in Hajjah province, which lies about 130 kilometers Northwest of the capital, Sana'a, FNA reported.

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