The Houthis announced on August 19 that their forces had carried out a large-scale ground operation against ISIS and al-Qaeda in the central Yemeni province of al-Bayda’. The operation targeted the remaining strongholds of both terrorist groups in the district of Wald Rabi’.
Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Houthis, listed the results of the operation as follows:
- More than 250 terrorists were killed, injured or captured;
- More than 12 camps and gatherings of the terrorists were destroyed;
- The territory of about 1,000 km2 of Wald Rabi’ was liberated;
- Large quantities of weapons were captured along with hundreds of explosive belts and explosive devices;
According to Brig. Gen. Sari, ISIS and al-Qaeda terrorists in Wald Rabi’ were receiving direct support from the Saudi-led coalition.
“The aggression supported its mercenaries, elements of the so-called ISIS and Al-Qaeda, with dozens of raids, in addition to supporting them with money and weapons,” the spokesman said.
The spokesman thanked the local tribes of Wald Rabi’ and the nearby district of al-Qurashiyah for supporting the efforts against the terrorists of ISIS and al-Qaeda.
ISIS and al-Qaeda increased their presence in Wald Rabi’ and other part of al-Bayda’ after the breakout of the Yemeni war in 2015. The Houthis claim that the terrorists group are receiving support from the Saudi-led coalition.
The Houthis said that they would soon reveal more information about the large-scale operation in al-Bayda’. Usually, the Yemeni group releases combat footage from such operations.