On December 14, forces loyal to Saudi-backed President Hadi announced that they have captured the district of Shaqat al-Qurah in the province of al-Jawf in northern Yemen after a successful military operation that was launched few weeks ago from their positions in the northern part of Saada province.
According to the UAE-based al-Arabiya TV, pro-Hadi forces killed over 30 fighters of the Houthis during its advance towards Shaqat al-Qurah.
The operation is backed by the Saudi-led coalition. It’s aimed at opening a route between the coalition’s positions in Sadda and al-Jawf provinces. The coalition will likely use this land route to attack the heartland of the Houthis, Saada city, in the near future.
Meanwhile, Saudi sources reported that coalition warplanes conducted dozens of airstrikes on the Houthis in northern and western Yemen in the last 24 hours. At least three commanders of the Houthis, “Mohammad al-Madani”, “Shaker Mansour al-Quhum” and “Abd al-Fatah al-Ma’afa” were killed in the airstrikes, according to the sources.
The recent operation of the Saudi-led coalition suggests that Saudi Arabia is once again seeking a military victory in Yemen, and os not going to work in the direction of a political solution as its officials have claimed on many occasions before.