Sanaa, March 20: At least 20 Houthi rebels were killed in a failed attempt to attack government positions in Yemen’s northern Saada province near Saudi border on Sunday. However, none of the security forces were killed or injured.
Notably, Houthi militants tried to sneak into army positions in Souq al-Buqaa area in northern Saada which led in the fierce gun battle between security forces and the militants. Yemeni security forces easily eliminated all the 20 Houthi militants.
Later, Yemeni army released the statement and said 20 Houthi rebels were killed when government forces aborted the attack. “The militias sustained heavy losses,” the statement added. However, there was no comment from the Shia Houthi group on the claim. Meanwhile, Yemen’s Army, with backing of the Arab coalition, have captured Al Dabouha district, the last stronghold of coup militias in Nahm towards Arhab province in Sana’a Governorate.
Notably, Yemen fell into civil war in 2014, when Houthi rebels and allied forces of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh overran capital Sanaa and other parts of the country. The conflict escalated in 2015 when Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched an extensive air campaign aimed at reversing Houthi military gains and shoring up Yemen’s Saudi-backed government.
According to the United Nations estimates, over 10,000 people were killed and around three million displaced due to the civil war in Yemen. However, UN-brokered peace talks between the government and Houthi rebels have also failed to resolve the conflict.