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Yemen National Army retakes region in Al-Baydah

February 7, 2018 at 1:42 pm

An armoured vehicle is seen as government forces clash with Houthis during an operation in Yemen on 6 April 2017 [Abdulnasser Alseddik/Anadolu Agency]

The Yemen National Army (YNA) has retaken territory in Al-Baydah governorate based in southern Yemen today, the Anadolu Agency reported.

“Most of Nati directorate is now under government control,” Mosaad Al-Salahi, director-general of Al-Baydah’s Nati directorate, confirmed.

Internationally recognised President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi’s YNA and loyal forces gained control of Al-Kataf Mountain in the region. Two Houthi snipers were killed. There were no reports of casualties on side of the YNA while the Houthis have are yet to publically comment on the operation.

The incident occurred one day after Hadi’s office announced the retaking of territory in Hays from the Houthis in the West Coast front. Forces loyal to the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) participated in the assault on Hays.

The Yemen civil war erupted in 2014 when the Houthi armed group took over Sana’a alongside an alliance with late President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s General People’s Congress (GPC) party. The Houthis continue to control northern Yemen.

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The targeted strikes took place in Marib, Al-Baydah, Al-Abyan and Shabwa governroates, triggering a blur on objectives between the US’ ‘war on terror’ and the Yemen civil war.

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