The Houthis launched a new large-scale military operation in the district of Sirwah in the central Yemeni province of Ma’rib on July 3.
Within a few hours, the Yemeni group’s fighters were able to capture several positions, including the strategic area of al-Tabah al-Hamra, from the Saudi-led coalition and its local proxies. In the course of the attack, the Houthis destroyed at least one armored vehicle of the coalition with an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM).
The coalition responded to the Houthis’ surprise advance by launching a counter-attack. However, Houthi fighters repelled the attack destroying two armored vehicles with ATGMs and killing several Saudi-backed fighters.
The Houthis capability to conduct such well-coordinated offensive and defense operations in the same area is one of the reasons that allowed them to maintain a strong presence in central Yemen.
The Houthis’ active operations against Saudi-led forces were not limited to Ma’rib. In June, the Houthis were especially active in the province of Jawf, where they carried out dozens of successful operations.