On March 14, fighters loyal to Saudi-backed Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi captured Rab’ayen and al-Admagh mountains in the Nihm district of the central Saana province, the UAE-based al-Arabiya TV reported. Pro-Hadi fighters reportedly killed 26 Houthi fighters and destroyed 3 vehicles and 2 armored vehicles belonging to the Houthis.
Pro-Hadi forces artillery units shelled several positions and gatherings of the Houthis in the Nihm district. Yemeni sources said that more than 70 Houthi fighters had been injured and killed in the shelling. Several vehicles were also damaged.
The main goal of the ongoing Saudi-led military operation in the Nihm district is the Saana airport. According to the Yemeni al-Masirah TV, warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition targeted the airport with more than 12 airstrikes on March 14 only.
The Saudi-led coalition has been advancing towards the Saana airport slowly but surely oover the last two weeks. However, the Houthis will have a significant chance to stop this advance once the Saudi-led coalition reaches the mountain area around the city of Saana.