Yemeni forces are advancing towards the southern port city of Aden under the control of forces loyal to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
On Sunday, Ansarullah fighters supported by Yemeni military troops retook multiple strategic positions in the country’s southern regions, including a hilltop overlooking the al-Anad airbase in the country’s southwestern Lahij province.
The airbase, located some 60 kilometers from Aden, fell to Hadi loyalists in July following a lengthy offensive.
Meanwhile, at least 16 pro-Hadi militants were killed and six more were injured when a roadside mine went off in the country’s central province of Ma’rib.
In the southwestern province of Ta’izz, Yemeni fighters took control of an army base in the coastal city of Dhubab.
Retaliatory attacks were also carried out against former regime loyalists in the capital Sana’a.
Earlier, Yemeni’s troops captured a Saudi warship after launching rocket strikes against it off the coastal city of Mokha.
Yemen has been witnessing ceaseless military attacks by Saudi Arabia since March 26. The military strikes are supposed to undermine the Ansarullah movement and bring Hadi back to power.
The Saudi aggression has reportedly claimed the lives of more than 7,100 people and injured nearly 14,000 others. The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.
Human rights groups and international organizations have voiced deep concern over the rising number of civilian casualties in Yemen, calling for an end to the conflict.