On December 23, forces loyal to Saudi-backed President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and troops of the Saudi-led coalition resumed their advance in the northern province of Jawf and captured the al-Ajasher camp in the Khb al-Shab area. The camp is located on a strategic road that links Jawf with the main heartland of the Houthis in Yemen, Saada province.
During the attack on the al-Ajasher camp, 19 fighters of the Houthis were killed and 12 others were captured by Saudi-led forces, according to the UAE-based al-Arabiya TV.
Meanwhile in Sana’a province, Saudi-backed forces captured the hills of Ganaseen and Al-Salata in the Nihm district after five days of battles, according to Yemeni sources. The sources added that pro-Saudi forces are now advancing towards the Qutbain junction.
Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted dozens of airstrikes on Houthi positions and gatherings in Nahim district, according to al-Arabiya. Yemeni sources said that over 25 Houthi fighters were killed and several vehicles of the Houthis were destroyed in the airstrikes.
The Saudi-led coalition and pro-Hadi forces have shifted their focus to northern Yemen and the province of Sana’a after they failed to develop their attack towards the strategic port of al-Hudaydah in western Yemen.