SANAA (Dispatches) – Dozens of Saudi-backed mercenaries and militants were either killed or injured as the Yemeni army press on with their operation in the country’s oil-rich province of Ma’rib, a military official told Xinhua on Wednesday.
“Daily casualties highly increased as the Yemeni army forces continued in attacking Ma’rib from various directions in a coordinated plan,” the local military source said on condition of anonymity.
During the past 48 hours, the army forces have continued with its pus to take back the strategic region from the militants.
Another Yemeni official told Xinhua that “most of the Yemeni army attacks concentrated on the northern and western sides of Ma’rib despite the heavy (Saudi) airstrikes targeting their sites.”
In Rahbah area located in Ma’rib’s southern side, the fighting continues heavily between the two warring sides with intensified Saudi-led airstrikes.
In a separate incident, Saudi warplanes carried out more than a dozen airstrikes against various areas in Yemen’s southwestern province of Ta’izz early Wednesday morning.
Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported that the aircraft pounded the mountainous Jabal Aman area, Ta’izz International Airport as well as At Ta’iziyah district on 15 occasions.
There were, however, no immediate reports about possible casualties or the extent of damage.
Saudi Arabia, backed by the U.S. and regional allies, launched a war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing Ansarullah movement.
The war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead, and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases.
A senior Yemeni official said the Saudi-led war on his country would have ended in its first year if there had not been political and military support from the United States for the aggressors.
The remarks by Abdul Malik al-Ajri, a member of the negotiating team at the Yemeni National Salvation Government, on Tuesday came after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken claimed that Yemen’s retaliatory attacks were prolonging the war.
“The legitimate right to respond to [the Saudi-led] aggression does not translate into prolonging the war. It is American weapons that are making the Yemen war longer,” Ajri tweeted.
“Without U.S. support, the Yemeni war would have ended in its first year.”