Key Yemen rebel camp seized

Army and resistance attacked the Omari camp overlooking the strategic Bab Al Mandeb waterway for the second time in a week. (Masdar Online)

Yemen’s national army and resistance fighters backed by Arab coalition air strikes seized a key military camp controlled by the Iranian-backed coup rebels after heavy fighting that lasted more than 20 hours, a news network reported on Wednesday.

The army and resistance attacked the Omari camp overlooking the strategic Bab Al Mandeb waterway for the second time in a week and clashed with the Houthis and their allies with heavy weapons and rockets.

Masdar Online said the attack was backed by heavy air strikes carried out by the Saudi-dominated Arab coalition seeking to quell the coup and restore legitimacy to Yemen.

“After fighting of more than 20 hours, the national army and resistance men seized Omari camp and expelled all the rebels.

“Eight of our men were martyred while at least 20 rebels were killed during the clashes,” a resistance source told the network.

It said the national allies seized the camp in a major offensive last week but had to retreat shortly afterwards because of landmines and rocket shelling by the rebels.

“Our forces launched a second attack and clashed with the rebels for more than 20 years until they succeeded in fully seizing the camp on Monday night,” the source said.
 

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