The Yemeni military has been embroiled in a battle with the Houthi militias that caused causalities on both sides but has brought the government one step closer to securing Al Dhalea province, a strategically important area between Aden and Sanaa, the Yemeni capital.
The clashes come in light of a massive Houthi redeployment where they have transferred more than three brigades from the port city of Hodeidah to Al Dhalea.
The battle, which is now in its fourth day, has seen Houthi units break ranks on what is known as the Mers front, a strategically important road leading from the interim capital of Aden to the north. The clashes however have caused the government-aligned forces five causalities and caused them to take defensive positions. They have been reinforced by UAE-backed forces that were previously in Hodeidah.
“We liberated the villages located near Nasah mountain which were recently controlled by the Houthi militia and we have been imposing a strict siege around the strategic mountain of Nasah to re-control it within the few coming days,” a high ranking commander told The National.