US strike near Syrian-Iraqi border kills 5 militiamen: monitor
ALEXANDRIA: The Yemeni army and local tribes, backed by heavy air cover from Arab coalition warplanes, repelled heavy Iran-backed Houthi attacks in Marib province on Sunday afternoon, so that the Yemeni president was leaving for the United States for a routine medical examination, according to state media and military sources.
The Houthis launched simultaneous heavy attacks on government forces in Al-Kasara and Serwah near the town of Marib on Saturday evening, sparking clashes with loyalists, who claimed to have killed, injured and captured dozens of rebels.
“We are pushing them back to Al-Kasara and Serwah,” a military official told Arab News.
At the start of the Houthi assaults, the Yemeni Defense Ministry tweeted that government troops were battling heavy attacks from the Houthis trying to move towards the town of Marib.
“Our armed forces, supported by coalition warplanes, are fighting heroic battles to repel attacks by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia,” the ministry said. The Houthi assaults also unleashed heavy airstrikes by Arab coalition warplanes which succeeded in destroying tanks and armored personnel carriers, hitting Houthi military positions.
On social media, Yemeni government supporters and officials thanked the Arab coalition for supporting Yemeni forces, mainly through airstrikes, which gave government troops the advantage in recent battles.
“Thank you, (King) Salman’s hawks,” a Yemeni soldier said on Twitter. Local army commanders described the Houthi attacks in the past 24 hours as the “most aggressive” since February, when rebels resumed a major offensive to take control of the oil-rich town of Marib.
Rabia Al-Qurashi, spokesperson for the Yemeni army in Jouf province, told Arab News that government troops liberated several places west of the Al-Khanjer military base after heavy clashes with the Houthis, adding that dozens of rebels, including Brigadier. Ali Hussein Al-Moayad – were killed in the fighting.
Army troops and tribes have been fighting across Jouf province since the start of this year to reclaim strategic locations, including the provincial capital, which fell to the Houthis last year.
Meanwhile, Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi visited the United States on Saturday evening for an annual medical examination, shortly after holding a meeting with senior government officials in Riyadh, a senior official told Arab News.
“The president is in good health as he traveled to the United States for his periodic medical examinations,” the official said, adding: “He usually stays there from 15 days to a month.”
Amid reports that he suffers from a heart problem, Hadi has traveled to the United States for medical treatment every year since taking office in 2012. On Saturday, state-run news agency SABA reported that the president had met his deputy, Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmer. , Prime Minister Maeen Abdul Malik Saeed and several other senior government officials to discuss the latest developments in Yemen.