The Houthis imposed control of the areas of al-Aud, Khashbah and Hmk in the central Yemeni province of Dhale after a successfully large-scale attack that lasted for four days, a spokesman for the Yemeni rebel group Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari announced on April 19.
These trategic areas, which stretch over 250km2, include more than a hundred villages and towns. Dozens of military positions of the Saudi-led coalition and its local proxies were also located there.
“As a result of the operation, dozens of mercenaries were killed and injured, including commanders. Some of their units are still besieged, while a number of the mercenaries’ vehicles and weapons were destroyed,” Brig. Gen. Sari said in an official statement.
Brig. Gen. Sari called on the remaining Saudi-backed troops in al-Aud, Khashbah and Hmk, who are currently besieged in small isolated pockets, to surrender themselves and weapons to Houthi fighters. The spokesman also thanked the local tribes in the three regions for their support.
The Houthis have been advancing in Dhale for more than a month. The Saudi-led coalition appears to be unable to stop the Yemeni group’s attack.
If the Houthis continue to advance with this speed, they could reach the outskirt of the southern coastal city of Aden before the end of this year. The city is now the main stronghold for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.