Yemen’s army advances in Al-Bayda, liberates strategic position in Qanya

The source said coalition fighters launched three raids on militia-concentrated areas in ​​Qanya. (AFP)
Updated 22 April 2018
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Yemen’s army advances in Al-Bayda, liberates strategic position in Qanya

DUBAI: The Yemeni army made new ground advances in Al-Bayda province in its fight against the Iran-backed Houthi militia on Sunday, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.
A Yemeni military source said troops backed by the Arab coalition liberated Masouda and Al-Aar mountains in ​​Qanya, east of Al-Bayda.
In a statement issued to Yemen’s official news agency, the source said militants fled toward Swaida after suffering heavy casualties within their ranks.
The source said coalition fighters launched three raids on militia-concentrated areas in ​​Qanya.


Yemeni spokesman says militants seek to ignite Hodeidah fighting

Updated 21 March 2019
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Yemeni spokesman says militants seek to ignite Hodeidah fighting

  • Renewed fighting in Hodeidah would risk severing the main passage for humanitarian aid
  • A senior Houthi member earlier said a withdrawal is “impossible”

CAIRO: Yemen’s militants are igniting more conflict by their refusal to give up control of the key port city of Hodeida, the focus of months of UN-brokered talks, a government spokesman said.
Renewed fighting in Hodeidah would risk severing the main passage for humanitarian aid to the rest of the country, including northern Yemen, a heartland of the Houthi militants.
Rageh Badi, spokesman for the internationally recognized Yemen government, denounced remarks by senior militant leader Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi who earlier this week told The Associated Press that the Saudi-led coalition, which backs the government side in the conflict, is trying to change the terms of the agreement struck last year in Sweden and that a militant withdrawal would therefore be “impossible.”
Badi told reporters at a press conference Wednesday in the southern city of Aden that such remarks could set off renewed fighting in Hodeidah, the key entry point for international aid to the war-torn country, and violate the tentative peace agreement reached by the two sides in Sweden.
The remarks are a “renunciation of the Hodeidah agreement and a declaration of war,” Badi said, urging the UN to step up pressure on the rebels to prevent another “explosion of the situation” in Hodeidah. Otherwise, renewed fighting is just a “few days” away, he added.