At least 30 militants have been killed in clashes with popular committees, backed by the Houthi Ansarullah fighters, in Yemen’s southwestern, reports say.
Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported on Friday that the al-Qaeda-linked terrorists and militants fighting for Yemen’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour, had been killed in the Masameer district of Lahij Province.
Also earlier in the day, a large number of al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists were killed when Yemeni forces supported by the popular committees repelled the terrorists’ assault against the Karesh region in the province.
Yemeni soldiers also managed to destroy seven armored vehicles belonging to al-Qaeda and pro-Hadi militants in Lahij.
The gains of the Yemeni forces come as Saudi Arabia continues with its deadly aggression against the impoverished country.
At least five civilians lost their lives when Saudi fighter jets struck a medical facility as well as a school in the Hays district of the western province of Hudaydah.
Saudi warplanes also conducted five airstrikes against farming lands in Midi district of Hajjah Province.
Additionally, Saudi military aircraft launched 10 airstrikes on Baqim district in Yemen’s mountainous and northwestern province of Sa’ada. Two people died in the assaults.
Saudi warplanes were also reported to have launched airstrike on the province of Amran in northwestern Yemen.
Moreover, over 80 Saudi rockets, mortar shells hit Kitaf district of Yemen’s Sa’ada Province.
Another Saudi soldier falls
Meanwhile, according to Yemeni media, a Saudi soldier was killed as Yemeni forces and fighters from the popular committees fired a barrage of retaliatory mortar shells at military bases in the southwestern Saudi province of Najran on Friday.
On March 26, Saudi Arabia began its military aggression against Yemen – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and to restore power to Hadi, an ally of Riyadh.
According to the United Nations, the war on Yemen has killed some 4,000 people, nearly half of them civilians, since late March. Local Yemeni sources, however, put the fatality figure at a much higher number.