Yemen’s war… “Giant Brigades” complete their operations in Shabwa and Marib and killed in Houthi missile attack

The “Giant Brigades” – loyal to the Yemeni government and backed by the UAE – announced that it had completed its operations against the Houthis in the governorates of Shabwa and Marib, south and central Yemen, days after its contribution to the restoration of areas in the two governorates, while 5 people were killed in a Houthi missile bombing on the city of Ma’rib.

And the Giants Brigades said – in a brief statement yesterday, Friday – that it is repositioning its forces in Shabwa governorate, after “liberating the districts of Baihan and Harib and securing them completely for Shabwa governorate from the Houthi militia.”

In early January, the Giants Brigades launched the “Cyclone of the South” operation, during which they were able to restore 3 districts in Shabwa that were controlled by the Houthis, in addition to liberating the Harib district in the neighboring Ma’rib governorate.

The Giants Brigades are Yemeni military formations established by the UAE on the western coast of Yemen (Al-Hodeidah Governorate) between 2016 and 2018, and they number about 15 brigades.

And local sources told Al-Jazeera that forces from the Giants Brigades have already left areas in the west of Shabwa governorate, as well as the city of Harib, in the south of Ma’rib governorate, and reached the city of Ataq, the administrative center of Shabwa governorate.

assessment of the situation

Saleh Al-Noud, a spokesman for the office of the Southern Transitional Council in London, said that the Giants’ forces will remain in their positions, pending an assessment of the last stage, adding that the recent military operations showed the fragility of the Houthi militia, as he put it.

On the other hand, Nasr Al-Din Amer, head of the media center of the Ansar Allah group (Houthis), said that what is happening is related to an Emirati operation in response to the recent attacks of the Houthis inside the UAE, stressing that the UAE is threatening at any moment to carry out more operations.

In the past two weeks, the Houthi group carried out two attacks with ballistic missiles and drones on Abu Dhabi, and the first attack killed 3 people. Analysts linked the two Houthi attacks on the UAE to the Houthi group incurring military losses in the governorates of Shabwa and Ma’rib at the hands of UAE-backed forces.

army attack

In a related context, the Yemeni army said that its forces launched an attack on Houthi militia sites in the south of Ma’rib Governorate, which resulted in deaths and injuries and the destruction of their combat vehicles and equipment.

The Saudi-led coalition announced the implementation of 24 targeting operations against the Houthis in the Marib governorate during the past hours, and Houthi media reported that the coalition warplanes launched 30 raids on the governorates of Marib, Al-Jawf, Al-Bayda and Al-Hodeidah, including 23 in the areas south of Marib.

And Reuters news agency reported – yesterday, Friday – that at least 5 people were killed, and 34 others were wounded in an attack described by the official media as a Houthi missile strike on the city of Marib on Wednesday evening.

A resident and a medical source stated that a missile landed next to a military building in the Ma’rib airport area.

On the other hand, the Yemeni Landmine Monitor (a non-governmental organization) stated that 3 civilians were killed yesterday, Friday, as a result of the explosion of a mine planted by the Houthi group during an attempt to dismantle the mine in the city of Harib in Ma’rib governorate.

The observatory clarified in a tweet that the victims of the mine explosion are a civilian and two workers in demining teams.

The US Special Envoy for Yemen ended his visit to the region and focused his discussions on supporting a comprehensive peace process in Yemen led by the United Nations, and working to improve humanitarian access.

US envoy

On the political front, the US State Department said that the Special Envoy for Yemen, Timothy Lenderking, focused his discussions on bringing the parties together to support a comprehensive UN-led peace process, intensifying efforts to improve the economic situation, and pressing for action to improve humanitarian access.

The State Department added that Lenderking ended his visit to the region, in which he stressed Washington’s condemnation of the recent Houthi attacks on the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

The State Department pointed out that Linderking expressed his grave concern about recent reports of civilian casualties as a result of coalition raids in Yemen.

It should be noted that Yemen has been witnessing for nearly 7 years a continuous war between pro-government forces backed by an Arab military coalition led by Riyadh, and the Iranian-backed Houthis, who have controlled several governorates, including the capital, Sanaa, since September 2014.

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