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Yemen update 2/7/2016..Pro-Hadi forces advance north, al-Qaeda progresses south

Sunday, February 7, 2016 20:40
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Several civilians killed in fresh Saudi air raids on Yemen

Yemen: Pro-Hadi forces advance north, al-Qaeda progresses south | Middle East Confidential

As pro-Hadi fighters and coalition forces continue to progress towards the Yemeni capital, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is also strengthening its presence in the southern part of country, continuing to take over territories and state infrastructures while the Islamic State group also has control over areas in and around Aden.

Colonel Arraf Mohsin Al Obaidi, a member of Sana’a Resistance Council, said the Houthi movement fled the Nehim district and pro-Hadi forces are now “in control of all the mountainous area and military positions in Nehim including the headquarters of Brigade 312 and Al Goroud Mountain.”

The victory brings them nearer to Sana’a but in the south, AQAP took over a police headquarters in Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan Province, after controlling other government buildings. The al-Qaeda branch in Yemen now completely controls the coastal road between Zinjibar and Mukalla, their stronghold, as they also impose their authority in the towns of Azzan, Shoqra and Ahwar.

Aden, the country’s temporal capital, however continues to be under the control of the Hadi government but security continues to be a major concern as authorities are targeted by extremist groups.

Sources have stated that coalition forces have intensified their airstrikes on Houthi controlled areas and Al Obaidi said the district of Arhab is their next target as they strive to reach Sana’a. He admitted that “liberating the capital requires big decisions and more troops.”

On the sidelines of the war, the US continues to target leaders of AQAP and on Thursday announced that it had killed Jalal Belaidi, a regional emir responsible for multiple provinces in Yemen, but sources hinted that the group has named his brother Tawfiq Belaidi as the emir of Zinjibar.

Saudi jets bombard Yemen reservoir, dam

Saudi warplanes have carried out fresh airstrikes across the war-ravaged Yemen, inflicting damage and destruction on a dam and reservoir in the Arabian Peninsula country.

Saudi Arabia’s fighter jets totally destroyed a reservoir in al-Nahdin district in the Yemeni capital Sana’a on Sunday evening, Yemen’s Arabic-language Saba news agency reported.

According to the report, the reservoir, which supplied water to at least 30,000 people in the densely populated area, could store up to 5,000 cubic meters of water and had cost Yemenis $4 million.

Since the beginning of the Saudi aggression on Yemen, the reservoir had been targeted by warplanes some 20 times and sustained partial damage but on Sunday it was completely destroyed.

Saudi jets also bombarded a hospital in the province and seriously wounded a physician and a nurse. The airstrike also inflicted damage to the building and some medical devices.

Meanwhile, Saudi war machine conducted three airstrikes on a dam in the Sirwah district in the central Ma’rib Province and caused heavy damage to its structure. They also carried out attacks on some areas in the western province of Hudaydah. 

Source: http://blogdogcicle.blogspot.com/2016/02/yemen-update-272016pro-hadi-forces.html
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