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Yemeni forces liberate key district from Houthi rebels

IANS  |  Aden (Yemen) 

forces succeeded in retaking control of a district from the Shia Houthi rebels after fierce armed confrontations and airstrikes in the southwestern province of on Saturday, an said.

"The Houthi militants have been defeated in district after units of the and allied tribal fighters launched overnight offensive and backed by intensified Saudi-led air strikes," the was cited as saying by

He said that the government forces supported by the (UAE) carried out a well-planned assault, forcing the Houthi militants to run away which resulted in full recapture of district on Saturday morning.

The state-run UAE news agency reported that the Yemeni National Forces liberated the entire front, expunging the Iran-backed out of their pockets in the area.

The liberation came as part of a large-scale campaign that was supported by the UAE Armed Forces and inflicted heavy human and material damage on the rebels.

Meanwhile, the UAE-backed Yemeni forces continued in making ground progress in the fighting in western coast of province and liberated several areas from the Houthi rebels.

A official said that "the government forces will continue in its advance and a large-scale operation might be declared to liberate the port city of soon".

The UN has listed as the world's number one humanitarian crisis, with seven million Yemenis on the brink of famine and



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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 19:48 IST