Yemeni army advances between the provinces of Taiz, Al-Dhale

During clashes, the army killed seven Houthi militia, including a checkpoint commander. (File/AFP)
Updated 29 April 2019

Yemeni army advances between the provinces of Taiz, Al-Dhale

  • The army advanced toward Bahir district east of the southwestern province of Taiz
  • During clashes, the army killed seven Houthi militia, including a checkpoint commander

DUBAI: The Yemeni army made advances in Al-Dhale and Taiz, Yemen’s official defense ministry said on Monday.

The army advanced toward Bahir district east of the southwestern province of Taiz, after gaining ground in Azraq district in the southern province of Al-Dhale.

During clashes, the army killed seven Houthi militia, including a checkpoint commander, and captured a Houthi commander.

The army also prevented a Houthi attack in Jabal Al-Awaid on the Muqtaba front in Taiz. 

Also on Monday, the Arab Coaltiion said it had carried out airstrikes targeting Houthi drones and missile operations in Yemen.

At the weekly press conference in Riyadh, spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki detailed a number of operations against the militants. 

 


Damascus angered by Turkish army convoy heading for key Syria town

Updated 19 August 2019

Damascus angered by Turkish army convoy heading for key Syria town

  • Dozens from both sides have been killed in the latest fighting
  • Syrian and Russian airstrikes aimed at hindering the convoy’s advance through Idlib province

DAMASCUS: Damascus on Monday condemned the deployment of a Turkish military convoy toward a key town in northwestern Syria where regime forces are waging fierce battles with militants and rebels.
“Turkish vehicles loaded with munitions... are heading toward Khan Sheikhun to help the terrorists... which confirms once again the support provided by the Turkish regime to terrorist groups,” a foreign ministry source quoted by the state news agency SANA said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, reported Syrian and Russian airstrikes aimed at hindering the convoy’s advance through Idlib province.
The Idlib region is supposed to be protected from a massive regime offensive by a buffer zone deal signed between government ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey in September.
But it was never fully implemented, as militants refused to withdraw from the planned demilitarized zone.
On Sunday pro-regime forces entered Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province for the first time since they lost control of it in 2014.
They are battling to seize a key highway connecting government-held Damascus with the northern city of Aleppo, which the regime retook from rebels in December 2016.
Dozens from both sides have been killed in the latest fighting.
Militant group Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, led by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate, controls most of Idlib province as well as parts of the neighboring provinces of Hama, Aleppo and Latakia.