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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

Yemeni troops and Arab coalition capture strategic sites

High-ranking commander among 25 Houthi fighters killed as rest are driven out of key area close to the Houthi stronghold

Yemenis inspect the damage at the site of air strikes in the Houthi-held city of Saada, north-west Yemen.  AFP
Yemenis inspect the damage at the site of air strikes in the Houthi-held city of Saada, north-west Yemen. AFP

Twenty-five Houthis were killed and eight arrested on Tuesday amid raging clashes between the militants and Yemeni troops in Al Bayda province in northern Yemen.

"Yemeni army troops and the public resistance backed by the Arab coalition liberated on Tuesday the areas of Sebgh, Al Asheera hill, Al Ruzaimah and Monkatea in Nate'a district in Al Bayda," AbdulWahab Buhaibeh, a journalist covering the battle told The National by phone.

"The army killed a high ranking commander affiliated with the Houthi militias, while dozens of rebel elements ran towards Al Fadha, an area in Al Malagem district in Al Bayda governorate.as the army troops went straight towards Hydeirigan mountain."

Yemeni troops backed by Arab coalition air power also captured strategic sites in Khab Al Sha'af in Al Jouf province, north-east of the capital, Sanaa, observer Ramazi Mokhtar told The National.

"The army took control over areas such as Salbah, Ashman villages, Shawkan mountain and Geblat Omar and approached Souk Al Thalwth in the border area between Khab Al Sha'af district and Bar at Al Enan district in Al Jouf," said Mr Mokhtar. "The Arab coalition pushed aid supplies to the district of Khab Al-Sha'af for the first time after its liberation from the Houthi presence," he added.