On February 14, forces loyal to Saudi-backed Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi recaptured several positions in the district of Midi in northwestern Hajjah from the Houthis, according to the UAE based al-Arabiya TV. Pro-Hadi fighters reportedly destroyed several vehicles and battle tanks of the Houthis.
Moreover, al-Arabiya reported that warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition had supported pro-Hadi forces attack the Midi district and conducted a series of airstrikes on positions and gatherings of the Houthi fighters. At least 40 fighters of the Houthis were killed in the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, according to the sources.
Saudi-led coalition warplanes reportedly destroyed 25 targets in the Houthis’ heartland, Saada province, in northern Yemen. According to al-Arabiya, the targets included operations rooms, artillery pieces and vehicles of the Houthis.
Saudi sources revealed on February 12 that pro-Hadi forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition were preparing to launch a new military operation against the Houthis in Saada province. The recent airstrikes of the Saudi-led coalition on Saada could be the first stage of the expected operation.