Yemeni forces make rapid advances in Marib amid clashes with Saudi mercenaries
Yemeni armed forces and allied popular committees have made significant territorial gains in the strategic Ma’rib province, seizing control over large swaths of territory from the Saudi-backed mercenaries.
Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree, a spokesman for the Yemeni government forces, at a press conference on Tuesday revealed details of the military operation dubbed ‘Fajr Al-Intisaar’ (Dawn of Victory), which came in the wake of a series of attacks by Saudi-backed aggressors in recent days.
The official said the latest military operation was launched after the success of the previous operation dubbed ‘Al-Baas Al-Shadeed’ to liberate the strategic province from the Saudi-backed mercenaries.
"With the participation of various military units, the Mujahideen began to carry out the plan that necessitated the attack on the enemy from several sides, before the main sides branched out into several other sub-sides," he posted on his Twitter later.
"Every mercenary, agent, traitor can save his life and leave his position as our forces advance, our forces will allow him to escape and leave even if he is carrying his personal weapon," he added.
He said the Yemeni army in the latest offensive had liberated an area spanning 600 sq km from the enemy forces, and that it was inching closer to the provincial capital, 75 miles east of the capital Sana’a.
The forces loyal to Yemen’s national salvation government in the early hours of Tuesday made inroads into several areas in the city of al-Juba, while continuing advances toward the cities of al-Jadid, al-Rawda and other adjoining areas in the oil-rich Ma’rib province.
The fresh offensive launched by the Yemeni government forces inflicted heavy casualties and collateral damage in the Saudi-backed camp, which includes the Al-Qaeda fighters, reports said.
In al-Abdiyah, Yemeni government forces took control of the areas of Kharafan and al-Hijla, while pushing back the demoralized enemy forces after killing their top-rung leaders.
In a humanitarian gesture, the government forces also announced that the wounded mercenaries besieged in al-Abdiyah would be allowed to leave the area to receive medical treatment in Sana’a.
“Any mercenary who leaves the battlefield will be given a chance to survive,” Saree told reporters, while stressing that strict instructions were given to government forces not to kill the wounded.
The spokesman said the operations to fully liberate areas currently under the enemy control in the central Yemeni province will continue, hailing the resilience shown by people in the face of draconian sanctions and crippling blockade.
“Freedom is possible only by rejecting foreign occupying forces and cleansing our land from the filth of the aggressors and their allies,” Saree remarked, adding that the Saudi-led coalition forces had carried out 948 airstrikes, targeting civilian homes and roads, during the latest operation.
The "most notable" result of the operation, he stressed, was liberation of the geographical area between the area in Al Bass Al Shadebed, looking down upon Marib, the capital of Marib province", "shooting down six U.S.-made spy fighter plane . The Air Defense Forces were also able to shoot down 11 spy planes.
He said the Yemeni air force successfully destroyed 11 enemy spy planes, which “created fear in the ranks of the aggressors”, preventing more strikes from them.
Giving further details about the operation, the military spokesman said the missile unit had carried out 68 attacks, targeting enemy bases, barracks and headquarters, out of which 49 attacks were carried out in the occupied territories of Yemen and 19 deep inside the Saudi territory.
The offensive from the Yemeni government forces came after relentless attacks in recent days by the Saudi-backed aggressors in the province, which damaged residential properties and farms and rendered hundreds of people homeless.