Houthis suffer heavy losses as Yemen army advances in Al-Bayda

A Yemeni fighter loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni president. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 30 July 2018
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Houthis suffer heavy losses as Yemen army advances in Al-Bayda

  • At least 36 Houthi fighters were killed and another 50 were wounded in battles in Malagm district
  • The army was supported by Saudi-led Arab coalition air strikes

Dubai: Houthi militias suffered heavy losses on Sunday as the Yemeni army advanced in Al-Bayda province.  

At least 36 Houthi fighters were killed and another 50 were wounded in battles in Malagm district.

A Yemeni military source said in an Armed Forces Media Center statement that fierce fighting had taken place in a mountain range in the area.

The army was supported by Saudi-led Arab coalition air strikes.  


Daesh fighters pinned on Syrian riverbank, warplanes fly above

Updated 46 min 44 sec ago
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Daesh fighters pinned on Syrian riverbank, warplanes fly above

  • Defeat there would signal the end of the ultra-hard-line Islamist movement’s control in eastern Syria
  • The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces on Tuesday said they had driven the remaining Daesh fighters in the town of Baghouz

DEIR EZZOR, Syria: Warplanes flew near Baghouz in eastern Syria early on Wednesday, a Reuters witness said, as the final remnants of the Daesh group held a narrow strip of land along the Euphrates in a last-ditch defense of its dwindling territory.
Defeat there would signal the end of the ultra-hard-line Islamist movement’s control in eastern Syria, having held more than a third of Syria and Iraq at one point in 2014 as it sought to carve out a huge caliphate in the region.
On Tuesday, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they had driven the remaining Daesh fighters in the town of Baghouz from a makeshift encampment that had represented most of its remaining territory.
But while the capture of Baghouz, close to the Iraqi border, would mark a significant milestone in Syria’s eight-year war and in the battle against the militant group, Daesh remains a threat.
Some of the group’s fighters are still holed up in the central Syrian desert and others have gone underground in Iraqi cities to wage an insurgent campaign to destabilize the government.
Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the SDF, said late on Tuesday that clashes with the militants at the Euphrates were continuing “in several pockets.”