Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters have swept a central city south of the capital, Sana’a, in their battle against al-Qaeda-linked militants in the country, officials say.
After fighting al-Qaeda-linked terrorists for about two weeks, the Ansarullah fighters managed to secure the town of Adeen in the central Ibb Province, officials speaking on condition of anonymity said on Wednesday.
Adeen, situated about 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of Sana’a, is not the only flashpoint city where al-Qaeda-linked militants and Ansarullah fighters have been engaged in direct fighting.
Meanwhile, Ansarullah fighters have already flushed al-Qaeda-linked militants out of Rada’ and Sa’ada, two key towns in central and northern Yemen.
The territorial gains by Ansarullah fighters come as the US submitted a request to the UN Security Council on Tuesday to put a global travel ban on two Houthi leaders for allegedly orchestrating the current situation in the country.
Those targeted by the US include a Houthi leader, Abd al-Khaliq al-Houthi, and the group’s second-in-command, Abdullah Yahya al-Hakim.
Ansarullah activists played a major role in the ouster of the country’s longtime dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh.
In September, Ansarullah revolutionary fighters gained control of Sana’a following a four-day battle with army forces loyal to General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, the half-brother of the former dictator.
In the same month, Ansarullah fighters and the Yemeni government inked a UN-backed ceasefire deal that called for the withdrawal of the revolutionaries from the capital once a neutral prime minister was picked. The deal has failed to deliver any practical results so far.