Jan 24, 2020 18:37 UTC
  • Yemeni troops, allies seize strategic areas east of Sana’a from pro-Hadi forces

Yemeni army forces, backed by allied fighters from the Popular Committees have seized strategic areas in the country’s province of Sana’a from Saudi-backed militiamen reportedly fighting for the fugitive from justice Mansur Hadi, who resides in Riyadh and calls himself president.

Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network, citing Yemeni military sources, reported on Friday that Yemeni soldiers and their allies have managed to wrest control over key areas in the Nihm district, which lies east of the capital Sana’a.

The sources added that the areas cover an expanse of some 3,000 square kilometers, and oversee regions in the neighboring Ma’rib province.

The report added that Yemeni army soldiers and fighters of the Popular Committees had taken control of dozens of positions belonging to militants from the al-Qaeda-affiliated Salafist Islah Party.

Also on Friday, three civilians suffered gunshot wounds when Saudi border guards opened fire at residential neighborhoods in the Shada'a district of Yemen’s mountainous northwestern province of Sa’ada.

Elsewhere in Yemen's northwestern province of ‘Amran, Saudi fighter jets carried out three airstrikes against a number of areas in the Dhi Bin district. There were, however, no immediate reports about possible casualties and the extent of damage caused.