The national army and coalition forces thwarted new attempts by rebel militias to acquire oil wells in the Bayhan district which is located in the Shabwah governorate in the east of the country. Fierce battles and clashes have been raging there since the outbreak of war a year ago and a half ago.
National army forces and the coalition are seeking to tighten the noose on rebel militias on numerous battle fronts in the east and the centre. They are also seeking to achieve more victories considering the state of uncertainty and the fact that confusion in the ranks of the rebels has escalated to the extent that fighting and armed confrontation has broken out between the Houthi rebels and forces loyal to the ousted president Saleh.
At the same time, Arab coalition planes have launched many raids on sites belonging to rebel militias in the areas of Assaq and Al-Khaydar in the district of Bayhan which is in the Shabwah governorate, eastern Yemen, and also in areas in Lahij. The raids also targeted supplies for the rebels coming from the governorates Al-Bayda and Taiz.
The spokesman for the Yemeni national army’s 19th Brigade in Bayhan told Asharq Al-Awsat that “The coalition raids specifically targeted places where the rebel militias gathered, as well as fronts where the military station its vehicles”. He added that coalition aircraft destroyed a convoy of vehicles that was transporting arms for the rebels and supplies. Dozens of rebels were also killed and wounded in the raids.