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Yemeni Tribesmen Gain Control of Strategic Border Heights

10 May 2015 21:17


The Yemeni tribal troops gained control over strategic heights overlooking the Saudi border city of Al-Khobe in Jizan province.
The Yemeni tribesmen seized Toyleq heights inside Saudi Arabia in heavy clashes with Saudi forces.

The seizure of Toyleq heights will pave the way for the Yemeni tribal troops to take control of al-Khobe city.

Senior Yemeni military sources said on Saturday that the country’s tribal fighters won control over the city of Ahad al-Masareha in Jizan after exchanging fire with the Saudi forces for only around 3 hours.

The tribesmen have also captured more than 60 Saudi troops after taking the control of the city, the sources added.

Taking a fair share of their spoils, the tribal forces also seized 22 Hummer vehicles, 17 armored Jeeps and huge amount of arms and ammunition in the operation.

Cross-border skirmishes between the Saudi troops and Yemeni tribes have flared up over the last two weeks, as the monarchy’s illegal airstrikes continue and have so far claimed the lives of thousands of innocent people, particularly at border areas. The tribes residing near Yemen’s borders in the North have specially witnessed more deaths and casualties among their people as they have been under artillery attacks of the Saudi army in the last one month as well.

Saudi Arabia launched its bombing campaign against Yemen on March 26 in an attempt to restore power to fugitive President Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

According to FNA tallies, the Monarchy’s attacks have so far claimed the lives of at least 3,602 civilians, mostly women and children.

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