The Arab coalition carried out a series of air strikes on positions belonging to the Houthis and military forces loyal to the former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh in the governorate of Saada.
According to the German news agency DPA, Popular Resistance sources said that coalition aircraft launched six air strikes on positions belonging to Houthis and Saleh’s forces in the two regions of Al-Souh and Al-Fir’ in the Kitaf Directorate, Saada.
The sources added that the sound of heavy explosions was heard at those sites in addition to columns of smoke rising as a result of the raids. They added that those raids coincided with the beginning of a demining operation carried out by the national army and the Popular Resistance’s forces which aims to demine the main roads surrounding the Al-Buq’ port “in preparation for the advance on the governorate of Saada”. According to sources, the “mines impede the progress of the army and the Popular Resistance towards Saada, and obstruct them from taking control of new sites”.
Furthermore, a senior military source revealed that the senior leadership of the Yemeni armed forces held lengthy meetings during the past two days to study all the options available in order to stop the rebels from targeting the Yemeni border and military targets, the latest of which was a US destroyer.