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Aden – Saudi-led Coalition backing Yemeni legitimacy intensified its air raids on military clusters of Houthi and Saleh militias in Sana’a and Hajjah governorate.

Meanwhile, popular resistance in the northern parts of Lahij, south Yemen, captured 13 insurgency leaders and militants.

Military sources in Hajjah governorate told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that coalition air force raided severely on several military sites of the militias from Hared till Midi district.

At the same time, national army forces targeted different locations at the eastern side of Midi city and Safhan. The air force also raided different militia sites near the Saudi border.

The military escalation and intensive bombardment on the border came after the Saudi-led coalition defense system intercepted a ballistic missile launched by insurgents towards Saudi Arabia.

Local sources reported that the air raids killed and injured several militia men and destroyed some of their military vehicles and equipment.

In Sana’a, coalition fighters launched a series of trikes on different militia sites on the southern and eastern outskirts of the city.

Locals said that the air raids targeted military sites in the southeastern outskirt of Sana’a coinciding with military aircrafts flying over it for hours.

Popular resistance in al-Qabbaytah in Lahij district announced it had captured 13 commanders and members loyal to the insurgents in the district.

Qabbaytah resistance spokesperson Ali Muntaser told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the popular resistance was able to arrest 13 insurgents and is still pursuing militia militants in Thawjan and Nakhilah areas.

Resistance leader in Qabbaytah, Colonel Hasan Salem told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the resistance is launching campaigns to cleanse the region from militias.

Salem said that insurgents destroyed everything in the district attempting to destroy what is left of the social fabric of the area. He called upon all militias’ supporters to join the legitimate and popular resistance.

The military leader said that, in the upcoming days, popular resistance in Qabbaytah will devise many strategies and plans to cleanse and regain control over all cities in the district.

He pointed out that the resistance is in control of about 70 percent of the district, adding that militias are trying to reinforce their armed forces to infiltrate into more important parts of Qabbaytah but their attempts are thwarted by the resistance.