On July 30, the Houthis (Ansar Allah) announced that they had successfully completed the second phase of Operation Evident Victory in the central Yemeni province of al-Bayda.
The operation was launched early in July in response to a large-scale offensive by Saudi-backed forces, which attempted to push the Houthis and their local allies out of al-Bayda. The offensive backfired, with the Houthis making some serious gains in the province.
During the first phase of the operation, the Houthis repelled the Saudi-led offensive and secured the districts of al-Zahir and al-Sawma’ah. Hundreds of Saudi-backed fighters were killed or wounded.
In a press conference, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Houthis, announced that the districts of Na’man and Nati’ were captured in the second phase of the operation.
“With the help of God Almighty, our armed forces completed the second phase of Operation Evident Victory in the province of al-Bayda Governorate, which resulted in:
- The Liberation of Na’man and Nati’ districts.
- The defeat of takfiri gangs’ elements who are associated with the alliance of aggression [Saudi-led coalition] and inflicting heavy losses on them.
- Hundreds of mercenaries of aggression and takfiri gangs were killed, injured or captured.
- The seizure of different quantities of weapons,” the spokesman said.
Brig. Gen. Sari went on to stress that the operation will go until all the areas left in the hands of Saudi-backed forces are “liberated”.
Operation Evident Victory demonstrates the Houthis’ ability to conduct successful defensive and offensive operations simultaneously. The operation also highlights the incompetence of Saudi-led coalition proxies in Yemen.
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