The Houthis have captured the hilltops of Salim, al-Shuel and Syaf in the course of a new large-scale military operation in the southern Saudi province of Asir. The new operation, which was revealed on May 5, was secretly launched earlier this week.
In a video released by the Yemeni group’s media wing, Houthi fighters can be seen storming the three strategic hilltops as coalition troops abandon their positions there.
A day earlier, the Houthis released a video showing their fighters destroying three vehicles and what appears to be a LAV-25 armored personnel carrier (APC) of the Saudi Arabian National Guard in southern Asir. The vehicles were destroyed with a unidentified type of anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs).
The Houthis will likely develop their operation in Asir as the Saudi-led coalition is showing little resistance. By advancing in the southern Saudi province, the Houthis are securing their strongholds in the northern part of Yemen.