The Houthis carried out a new military operation against the Saudi-led coalition and its local proxies in the central Yemeni province of al-Bayda’ this week. In the course of the operation, the Yemeni rebel group captured 20 military positions in the district of Dhi Na’im.
A video showing Houthi fighters storming Saudi-led coalition positions in Dhi Na’im was released on April 20. In the video, several weapons which were captured by the Houthis during the attack, including an M2 Browning .50 caliber machine gun, can be seen.
Despite being very limited, the new operation represents a major development. In the last few months, al-Bayda’ didn’t witness any major clashes between the Houthis and the Saudi-led coalition.
By advancing in al-Bayda’, the Houthis are working their way towards the southern province of Aden, where the headquarters of Saudi-led coalition forces are located. The Yemeni resistance group is already approaching the province from the direction of Dhale.