On July 14, a new offensive to capture the strategic Al-Hazm region in Northern Yemen near the Saudi borders was launched by the Houthi forces, backed by the Yemeni Republican Guard, the Fars news agency reported at the same day.
“If the Ansarullah forces seize Al-Hazm region in al-Jawf Province, then the pro-Hadi forces would suffer an embarrassing defeat near the Saudi border,” a battlefield source said.
If the key region is captured by the Ansarullah forces, the pro-Hadi forces and Saudi-backed mercenaries would end up in a very difficult situation and would be forced to reinforce themselves in the neighboring Ma’rib province to stop being crushed by the Yemeni popular forces in the province.
Earlier reports said that Yemen’s Ansarullah Movement in the Southern province of Lahij launched missile attacks that killed a senior Sudanese officer and 16 other forces affiliated to fugitive president Mansour Hadi.
“A Sudanese colonel was killed along with 16 forces affiliated to the so-called Arab coalition in Ansarullah movement’s missile attack in Lahij, Southern Yemen,” the source said.
According to the source, the target of the attack had been the Arab coalition forces’ gathering center in Kersh region in Lahij.