Yemeni Army Drives al-Qaeda out of Bani Hilal despite Saudi Strikes
Following two weeks of Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen, destruction in residential and public areas increased as the Saudi warplanes bombed the Jarraf neighborhood north of capital Sanaa, razing several buildings in the area, Al-Manar TV correspondent reported Wednesday.
The hostile war jets also targeted a number of private factories and stocks in the capital, as well as oil stations in central Yemen.
Earlier in the day, the Yemeni army – supported by the Popular Committees and tribesmen – have restored several locations in Bani Hilal in Shabwa province from al-Qaeda terrorist gunmen, driving them out of the city. The military units advanced to the Nasib district leading to mass desertion from al-Qaeda ranks.
“I say to all ISIL (acronym of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant takfiri group) gunmen that we will chase them till we reach the sea,” a Yemeni soldier told Al-Manar TV reporter.
In Maareb province, the Popular Committees managed to arrest 10 people were on their way to enlist themselves in the Reform Party to fight against the army and the committees.
Upon retrieving most of the neighborhoods in Aden city, units of the Yemeni army – assisted by the local population – continued to chase al-Qaeda terrorists operating in the area as social life gradually started to return to the city.
A coalition of 10 countries, led by the Saudi Arabia, launched two weeks ago a wide military offensive on Yemen, killing 20 civilians in one attack, wounding hundreds and causing so much destruction across the state.
Media outlets reported that Saudi Arabia has deployed “100 fighter jets, 150,000 soldiers and other navy units” for the military campaign against Yemen. It also sent 5000 takfiri terrorists to fight against the Yemeni army.
The national military – supported by the Popular Committees – has launched a wide-scale campaign in the attack-hit areas, and managed to drive al-Qaeda and ISIL terrorists out of main neighborhoods of Aden and Sanaa.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is known for training and funding takfiri groups and sending them to the conflict-hit zones in the Arab and Muslim world, including Syria, Afghanistan and now in Yemen.