Houthis announce seizure of entire district in southern Yemen

Sana'a (Debriefer)
2019-04-25 | Since 4 Month

Dhalea province' Directorates

The Houthis group (Ansar Allah) on Wednesday claimed control of the entire district of al-Husha in the southern province of Dhalea in a 48-hour offensive by the group against the Yemen's internationally recognized government forces.

The spokesman for the Houthis army, Brigadier General, Yahya Saree, said in a statement that the control of the District of the neighborhood near the provinces of Ibb and Taiz means control of an area of 360 square kilometers, including 124 sites in dozens of villages in the Directorate.

He affirmed that this happened during a large-scale offensive military operation carried out by specialized units of the army and the Popular forces against the enemy positions in Al-Husha from three tracks.

"The first track started from the site of Mashawas, where the supply lines of the enemy were cut off from the Zaqama area.", Saree said.

He added that "32 sites were secured, most notably the center of Douran, the government complex and the Tahoon market."

The second track, accordings to the army spokesman, began from the district of Mawiya in Taiz towards Rabat Amara, where 43 sites to the center of the district were secured to link with the first track.

Local sources in the District of Al-Husha confirmed to the International News Agency "Debriefer" that the Houthis had already taken control of the District almost completely after the retreat of Yemeni "legitimate"government forces and the forces of the so-called "Southern Resistance", all supported by an Saudi-UAE-led Arab military Coalition, under the blows of the Houthi forces, which launched a broad and violent attack.

The return of the control of the Houthis of the entire District of Al-Husha east of the province of Dhalea after more than three and a half years after their expulsion from in late 2015.

The control of Houthis forces of the Al-Husha district is an important progress for the group because it was able to control the District of was following the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen, which was in southern Yemen before the unity between the two parts of the country in May 1990.

The voices calling for the secession of the south from the north, most notably the Southern Transitional Council supported by the United Arab Emirates, consider the District of Al-Husha as Southern District of the former democratic Yemen.

Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that entered its fifth year and had already triggered the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including some 2 million children suffering severe shortage of nutrition in absence of adequate health care.


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