The Yemeni army succeeded in aborting an attack on the northern governorate of Saada, killing and injuring dozens of insurgents, according to media reports Thursday.
As the conflict escalated between Houthi rebels on one hand and the Saudi and Yemeni armies on the other, the insurgent group launched a massive attack on the northern and southern suburbs of the city of Saada, the capital of the northern governorate that bears the same name, in an attempt to seize the presidential palace, an Al Arabiya correspondent in Sanaa reported.
According to eyewitnesses, a fierce battle raged as the Yemeni army, stationed all over the Saada suburbs and inside the presidential palace, fought the rebels who were apparently desperate to score a victory that would earn them good propaganda after the recent losses they sustained.
Meanwhile, the Yemeni army continued its attacks on Houthi strongholds in Harf Sufian in the Amran province, south of Saada as well as in their hiding places along the Malaheez road, west of Saada.
Saudi forces are also tightening their grip on the border, especially in strategic sites such as Jabal Dukhan and Jabal Rumaih as well as neighboring hideouts.
Saudi warplanes bombed the eastern part of Jabal Dukhan, where Houthi rebels are concentrated, and destroyed the fortress they used as a watch tower. Several border villages were evacuated and their residents transferred to refugee camps expanded by the Saudi authorities.
Despite the successes scored by air forces, Saudi ground forces are still facing a challenge along the border due to its rugged roads its tough mountainous area.
(Translated from Arabic by Sonia Farid).