Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak warned of the consequences of the Houthi takeover of Ma’rib, amid talk of the pro-government forces’ progress in areas in Hodeidah Governorate.
And the Yemeni official announced – in his speech to the Manama Dialogue Forum – that the fall of Ma’rib will mark the end of the political process in Yemen, and said that this would not be less bad than the historically demolished Ma’rib Dam.
Bin Mubarak stated that the Houthis’ control of Ma’rib would be a cause for chaos, internal strife and waves of migration.
He pointed out that Marib is a priority for the Iranian regime, and controlling it will lead to a human tragedy and a long-term phase of instability.
This coincided with the announcement of local and military sources that the so-called Giants Brigades and the Tihama Resistance – supported by the UAE – made progress, and took control of the areas south and east of the town of “Hais” in the Hodeidah governorate, after battles with Ansar Allah’s Houthi militants.
The sources added that the forces took control of a crossroads linking the governorates of Hodeidah and Taiz, as well as the Ghaziyeh Mountains, Wadi Dhami, and Wadi Irfan.
While there was no comment from the Houthis on these developments, Yemeni military sources confirmed that the battles resulted in dozens of deaths, most of them Houthis, and the destruction of military equipment.
The media center of the Yemeni armed forces said – in a brief statement – “The Hays district is completely under the control of the heroes of the joint forces (loyal to the government),” without providing other details.
For days, violent confrontations have been taking place between the pro-government forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition on the one hand, and the Houthi militia on the other, in several areas south of Hodeidah Governorate.
And the Houthi group had said – yesterday, Saturday – that it had launched 14 drones at several Saudi sites, including Aramco facilities in Jeddah.
Brigadier General Yahya Saree said – during a press conference broadcast on television – that the group also targeted military targets in Riyadh, Jeddah, Abha, Jazan and Najran.