Fighters with the Houthi Ansarullah movement in Yemen have gained ground against Saudi mercenaries in the country’s southwestern Lahij Province.
On Tuesday, the fighters wrested control of the Jales Mountain near the al-And military base, which is under the control of Saudi mercenaries, and are moving toward the base.
The Houthis also fired rockets at pockets of the mercenaries in the Tadaween base west of the Ma’rib Province.
Ansarullah has been defending Yemen, the Arab world’s most impoverished country, against a deadly Saudi invasion, which the kingdom launched in March 2015 to restore power to former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
More than 9,400 people have been killed and at least 16,000 others injured since the onset of the aggression.
On Tuesday, Saudi warplanes staged attacks in Lahij, killing 15 civilians and injuring as many others, local media said.
Media outlets allied with Hadi, meanwhile, reported that a residential building was “mistakenly” targeted in the province.
A Yemeni child is seen inside a tent at a makeshift camp housing internally displaced persons (IDPs), on the outskirts of Sana’a Province, April 16, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
UN chief Ban Ki-moon will meet with Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Wednesday amid a row over the world body’s blacklisting of the kingdom over crimes in Yemen.
Tensions flared recently when the UN briefly blacklisted Saudi Arabia after an expert report found it responsible for 60 percent of the 785 children killed in Yemen last year.
The blacklisting infuriated Saudis, and the UN removed Riyadh from the list under “undue pressure” from the kingdom and its allies which threatened to cut funds to the United Nations.
The Saudi government has requested that the UN send a team of experts to Riyadh to jointly review the report and for the UN to provide details on its sources and methods.
The UN has not yet responded to the invitation and has indicated that any such meetings should take place in New York.
Ban has accused Riyadh and its allies of financial blackmail but has landed himself in hot water amid questions raised about his integrity for submitting to the Saudi pressure.