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Houthi militants near Sanaa airport. Reuters

Riyadh- At the time when news said former commander of al-Anad Air Base defected from putschists and arrived along with a group of soldiers to Ma’rib Province, the national army revealed Tuesday it has controlled more than 15 rockets and many medium and heavy weapons after Houthi and Saleh rebels fled Nahm front, east of Sanaa.

“There are intensive talks with sheikhs and elders in tribes surrounding Sanaa as they expressed their willingness to join the legitimate forces and support operations carried out by national resistance army,” according to what a senior military official in Yemeni army.

He told Asharq Al-Awsat that the coming 24 hours could be crucial, especially in Nahm front.

For his part, Chief of Moral Guidance in the Yemeni army Major General Mohsen Khasroof confirmed that 90 percent of Houthi captives are children aging between 11 and 13.

Khasroof said that in the past two days a number of areas in Nahm front fell under the control of the army, including a strategic hill.

He added that the national army was able to defeat Houthis there and take over a great number of weapons and equipment.

The Major General noted that dozens were killed from Houthi militias before they fled in panic.

He revealed that intensive calls are being taken with tribes surrounding Sana’a to coordinate with them.

He pointed out that the victory is very close as tribes surrounding Sana’a have started joining the legitimacy forces to support them in defeating Houthis.