On December 9, the Houthis repelled a limited attack by the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies on their positions in the district center of Damt in the central province of Dhale, according to the al-Masirah TV.
The Houthis media wing released a 8-minute video of Houthi artillery shelling positions, vehicles and gatherings of Saudi-led coalition troops. Several Saudi-backed Yemeni fighters can be seen getting hit in the video.
After repelling the attack, Houthi engineer units blew up a strategic bridge around Damt. Sources loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni President, Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, said that the Houthis destroyed the bridge in order to prevent the coalition from launching new attacks on the district center.
The Saudi-led coalition and its allies have stepped up its attacks against the Houthis since the beginning of the peace talks in Sweden in what appears to be an attempt to pressure the Yemeni rebel group. Despite of this, the Houthis are still refusing many demands of Hadi’s government, including the withdrawal from the key port of al-Hudaydah.