The Houthis captured several villages in the district of Hayran of the northwestern Yemeni province of Hajjah in a rapid military operation.
“Our Mujahedeen captured them [the villages] in three hours … [the villages of] al-Hosn and its southern region, al-Hamrah, al-Qariyah al-Sharqiyah, Tabat al-Jahaniyah and its surroundings, as well as al-Tabah al-Ramliha,” a field commander of the Houthis says in a video of the operation that was released by the Houthis media wing on May 23.
In the video, Houthi fighters can be seen targeting Saudi-led coalition troops and vehicles with artillery and machine guns. The video also shows loads of weapons, which had been left behind by Saudi-backed forces.
The Houthis captured at least three Saudi-backed fighters in the course of the operation. The fighters were abandoned by their comrades after being injured in the clashes.
This rapid advance will likely encourage the Houthis to develop their military operation in Hajjah. The strategic province is located right to the south of Jizan, one of the key Saudi ports.
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