Houthis lose ground in Yemen's Ad Dali

Forces loyal to Yemen’s president reportedly capture strategic area of southern Ad Dali province from Houthi militiamen

Houthis lose ground in Yemen's Ad Dali

World Bulletin / News Desk

Forces loyal to President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi on Wednesday established total control over the Morees area of Yemen’s southern Ad Dali province from Shia Houthi militiamen, a pro-Hadi source told Anadolu Agency.

According to the source, pro-Hadi forces have managed to seize the last two villages -- Al-Qahra and Yaayis -- in the area.

The Houthis and allied forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh have set up a number of checkpoints in the area, which have recently been the scene of deadly clashes with pro-Hadi forces.

Yemen has remained in turmoil since September of last year, when the Houthis overran capital Sanaa and other parts of the country.

In March, Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies began an extensive air campaign aimed at reversing Houthi gains in Yemen and restoring Hadi’s embattled government.

In recent months, Saudi-led coalition forces have managed to retake five of Yemen’s southern provinces -- Aden, Lahij, Abya, Ad Dali and Shabwah -- from the Houthis and their allies.

Since Riyadh launched its air campaign, at least 2,600 Yemeni civilians have been killed and more than 5,000 injured, while the number of internally displaced people in the country has risen to some 2.3 million, according to UN figures.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Kasım 2015, 16:24