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Anti-Houthi protesters carry an injured fellow protester during clashes with Houthi militants in Yemen’s southwestern city of Taiz on March 22. Reuters

Aden- The Yemeni National Army forces announced Wednesday their full control over Khalid Ibn al-Walid strategic camp in Taiz province, south of Sana’a.

Commander of the Fourth Military Region Major General Fadl Hassan al-Amri told Asharq Al-Awsat that the National Army forces and the Popular Resistance, with the air support by the Saudi-led coalition forces, took control of Khalid strategic camp following fierce battles with Houthi and Saleh militias.

Amri described the liberation of the Khalid camp from the coup militias as a great victory with strategic and military importance in terms of achieving the targets of “Golden Spear” operation and clearing the international traffic corridor from the threat of the camp, which was used by the coupists to target the ships of the international maritime corridor.

For his part, Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi praised the national army’s victory for achieving full control over Khalid Ibn al-Walid camp, Yemen News Agency reported on Wednesday.

The control of Khalid camp came after a violent attack, supported by intensive air raids led by Saudi Arabia and with the participation of Apache helicopters.

The camp acquired its strategic importance from both the military and the tactical standpoint.

Camp Khalid Ibn al-Walid is approximately 12 square kilometers. It is located at Mokha junction west of Taiz and at the crossroads between the provinces of Taiz and Hudaydah in the west of Yemen.

The camp is also located close to the Bab al-Mandab international passageway, and it exemplifies the depth of the military axis in Taiz to defend Bab al-Mandab.

It is one of the most important camps and the most powerful fortifications under the control of the coupists.

The collapse of the Khalid camp in the hands of the legitimate Yemeni government will lead to the liberation of strategic militant fronts in Taiz according to experts.

The camp is 60 kilometers away from Taiz and 40 kilometers from the city of Mokha. It is the second line of defense from Mokha coast and the vital and important targets in the city.