Houthi (Ansarullah) group stated on Thursday that its forces had secured al-Abeesah and neighboring areas in Cashir District, in the northwestern governorate of Hajjah bordering Saudi Arabia.
On Wednesday, local source told Debriefer that Houthis "took control over a number of sites in the strategic al-Abeesah area, after the rebels had held al-Qiam Mont, overlooking Abeesah, in addition to al-Hadateen area, al-Mansoura Mont and other areas in the district, in bloody battles during the last two days with Houthis having used different types of weapons."
In a statement, Houthi interior ministry claimed that "security and army forces and popular committees, backed by tribesmen from Hajoor and Hajjah Governorate, secured .. the whole district of Cashir from ravaging outlaws connected to aggression."
Houthis have started a widespread offensive since last January on Hajoor tribal areas, amid strong resistance by tribesmen who had repelled rebel control, with Saudi-led coalition warplanes backing the tribes by periodic strikes on Houthi reinforcements and equipment.
The statement, seen by Debriefer, said "during the qualitative security operation, a number of ravagers .. were killed and others surrendered."
Main roads "were reopened for civilians' movement," the rebels added, and "forces are pursuing fugitive elements who refused to yield."
Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iranian-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government late in 2014, leaving tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced.