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Yemen Army Fortifying Western Coastal Advances, Cutting Insurgency Supply Routes | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Government supporting popular forces hold a position during a military operation against Iran-backed Houthi rebels and their allies in the coastal district of Dhubab, Jan. 7, 2017,AFP

Taiz- Pro-government forces in Yemen, backed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition, continued recording sweeping advances in Taiz freeing militia-held pockets for two days in a row.

The operation sweeping the zone is denoted by “Operation Golden Spear”, and presents great significance as it frees coastal areas vital to economic pipelines from the hold of Iran-aligned Houthi groups, seeking to topple governmental authority.

Fierce clashes intensified between pro-government forces, composed of popular resistance groups and army units , and Iran-backed Houthis siding with combatant loyalists supporting former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Advances have been registered throughout western terrain reaching as far as the coastal port city of Taiz, Mocha.

Past 72 hours of continued advances restoring control over key positions, including a mountain Owaid and fort in Aelaidlh South Aloakhlud area, pro-government forces directed efforts to cut off main Hodeidah – Taiz supply routes. Army units then sought to secure the coastline stretching from Dhubab , Mocha through to Bab al-Mandeb strait, cutting off the chief artillery supply route.

The Golden Spear Operation restored stability to an international shipping line which coup militias repeatedly hindered its nautical safety, especially firing multiple attacks against commercial and military vessels.

Multiple casualties have been accounted for among coup ranks, both in artillery and personnel.

Army troops managed abort militia infiltration attempts that were accompanied with violent bombardment across eastern, southern and western fronts, as well as increased fighting in Jabal Habashi, west of Taiz.

Ongoing operations led by Yemen army forces, support by coalition airpower, are invested in the conclusive implementation of Operation Golden Spear, launched to liberate the national west coast, all the way to Mocha and Bab al-Mandeb, military sources reported to Asharq Al-Awsat.

Main supply routes pumping artillery to coup militias will be completely cut, they added.