Yemeni armed troops, allies wrest complete control over Bayda province: Army spox
The spokesman for Yemen's Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, says the country’s army troops and fighters from Popular Committees have managed to seize full control over the strategic central province of al-Bayda, inflicting heavy blows to the Saudi-led military coalition and its allied Daesh and al-Qaeda Takfiri terrorists.
Speaking at a press conference in the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a on Thursday evening, Saree said the liberation operation, dubbed “Dawn of Freedom”, primarily targeted the remnants of al-Qaeda and Daesh terrorist groups, who were linked to the Saudi-led alliance.
He noted that Yemeni army soldiers and fighters from Popular Committees managed to liberate Sawma'ah and Maswarah district as well as large parts of Mukayras district within 48 hours, adding that the area coves an expanse of 2,700 square kilometers.
“During on-ground military progress of our forces to eliminate Takfiri elements, Saudi-led warplanes conducted more than 30 air raids to support the extremists and to prevent the advance of our troops. Our missile and drone units launched 10 operations against enemy positions. Al-Bayda province was completely liberated as a result of the operation,” Saree highlighted.
The spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces added, “A total of 70 Takfiri elements and Saudi mercenaries were killed, 150 others wounded and another 40 captured during the Operation Dawn of Freedom. Ten armored vehicles were destroyed, and Yemeni armed forces seized large amounts of munitions. Our forces also managed to took control of seven training camps run by Takfiri terrorists, and a number of Yemeni citizens who had been taken hostage by Saudi-backed militants.”
Saree said local authorities and security forces have taken measures to maintain security and stability across Bayda province, stressing that local tribes, tribal elders, distinguished figures and locals greatly contributed to the success of Operation Dawn of Freedom as part of their religious and national duties.