Houthis seize provincial capital near Saudi border

Houthi forces in Yemen seize provincial capital near Saudi border

Houthis seize provincial capital near Saudi border

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Houthi forces and their army allies in Yemen seized the capital of a large desert province on the border with Saudi Arabia on Sunday, residents said.

The Houthis, the dominant faction in Yemen's civil war, took control of al-Hazm, capital of the province of al-Jawf, amid Saudi-led coalition air strikes on Houthi positions and heavy fighting with armed tribesmen.

"The Houthi forces and those loyal to the former president spread out in the city and around government buildings," a tribal source in al-Hazm told Reuters by phone.

A Saudi-led military alliance has been carrying out air raids in Yemen for almost three months to try to restore exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and repel the Houthis, whom they regard as proxies for their regional archrival Iran.

United Nations-backed talks in Geneva this week will be attended by delegations representi Hadi, Saleh and the Houthis, but analysts believe prospects are dim for a compromise as fighting rages on.

In the southern province of Dhalea near Aden, local militiamen said they were pushing Houthi forces back after ejecting them from the regional capital last month. They addedg that at least 15 Houthi fighters had been killed and 70 Houthi detained in the last two days.

The reports could not be independently confirmed.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Haziran 2015, 13:29