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Yemeni army makes gains in Jouf

Yemeni soldiers from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting the UN-recognized government, are seen in Sirwah, west of Marib city, where they are the fighting against Shiite Houthi rebels and their allies on June 30, 2017. Government forces have also made gains in the Haam mountain area in Matoon, north of Jouf governorate, after battles with Houthis and Ali Abdullah Saleh’s militias.(AFP / ABDULLAH AL-QADRY/file photo)
ADEN: The Yemeni army has made gains in the Haam mountain area in Matoon, north of Jouf governorate, after battles with Houthis and Ali Abdullah Saleh’s militias.
Sources told 26september.net, run by the Yemeni Defense Ministry, that Yemeni forces made advances with the help of air support from the Saudi-led Arab coalition.
The Yemeni army took control of a number of areas following fierce battles, and is still making advances in Haam. Troops attacked rebels in Al-Warsh and Al-Hayaal areas of Matoon in the early hours of Monday. The source said the militias took a severe blow with their men leaving behind a number of their dead.
Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi emphasized the importance of uniting the ranks, and increasing cooperation and coordination with members of the Arab coalition to face challenges in Yemen and the region.

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