On January 26, the Houthis repelled a new attack by forces loyal to Saudi-backed Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi around the town of Yakhtul in the southwestern province of Tazi, according to the Yemeni al-Masirah TV. The media outlet said that Houthis fighters destroyed 17 vehicles of pro-Hadi forces and the Saudi-led coalition while repelling the attack.
Earlier, Yemeni sources reported that the Houthis destroyed 5 vehicles of the Saudi-led coalition and killed several pro-Hadi fighters also around the town of Yakhtul.
Meanwhile, pro-Hadi forces captured several positions of the Houthis in the areas of Zunuj, al-Arba’yn and on Wa’sh Mount in near the city of Taiz, according to the UAE-based al-Arabiya TV. Pro-Hadi fighters reportedly killed 14 members of the Houthis.
Saudi-led coalition warplanes also conducted a series of airstrikes against the Houthis’ positions around Taiz supporting the offensive, according to Yemeni sources.
On January 25, pro-Hadi forces and the Saudi-led coalition launched a military operation, to break the Houthis siege on Taiz. The Saudi-led coalition already has a large force inside the city. If it’s able to get full control over it, this will be a major success in its war on the Houthis.