On January 20, the Houthis (Ansar Allah) released footage documenting their most recent battle with the Saudi-led coalition’s proxies in the Yemeni provinces of Shabwah and Ma’rib.
The coalition’s proxies, led by the United Arab Emirates (UAE)-backed Giants Brigades, attempted to advance in the district of Ain in Shabwah as well as in the district of Harib in Ma’rib. However, their offensive was repelled by the Houthis on January 19.
The footage released by the Houthis shows the Giants Brigades and their allies fleeing the battlefield after being cornered.
Houthis fighters destroyed several vehicles of the coalition’s proxies using improvised explosive devices, anti-tank guided missiles and rocket-propelled grenades. A number of Saudi and UAE-backed fighters were also killed, wounded or captured.
Saudi-led coalition warplanes supported the offensive with several airstrikes. However, the Houthis held onto their positions.
The last defeat will not likely deter the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies, who may launch another offensive in Ain and Harib in the upcoming few days. From their side, the Houthis appear to be determined to hold onto their last positions in the two districts.