On July 21, Houthi fighters repelled a large attack of the Saudi-led coalition and its Yemeni proxies on their positions in the areas of Tabat al-Matar and al-Zighn in the central province of Ma’rib after killing and injuring dozens of Saudi-backed fighters, according to the Yemeni al-Masirah TV.
During the clashes, the Houthis destroyed three vehicles of the Saudi-led coalition with anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs). Moreover, Houthi fighters used a fourth ATGM to target a gathering of Saudi-backed fighters, killing and injuring most of them.
Al-Masirah said that warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition attempted to support the failed attack by conducting several airstrikes and dropping illumination bombs at night. However, these tactics were ineffective, according to the pro-Houthis news TV channel.
After the failure of the attack, Houthi fighters captured several light weapons and loads of ammunition, which were left behind by the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies.
The Saudi-led coalition was likely trying to reach the administrative border of the province of Sanaa in order to pressure the Houthis inside the Yemeni capital. Despite of the strong resistance of the Houthis there, the coalition may repeat the attempt soon.