Yemen’s vice president visits Marib after its liberation
Yemen’s Vice President and Prime Minister Khaled Bahah on Sunday arrived in the province of Marib after a visit to the UAE, the first such trip since forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition regained full control of the city.
A governmental source reported that Bahah arrived in Safar, northeast of Marib, along with two ministers.
A joint meeting will be held between Vice President Bahah, and various military groups, the source said.
Government-backed fighters, known as Popular Resistance forces, made progress in the city of Dalea and seized control over new positions after fierce battles against Houthis and militias loyal to ousted former leader Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Resistance sources confirmed that they had destroyed military vehicles belonging to the militias and seized a big quantity of weapons.
With the support of the Saudi-led coalition forces, Popular Resistance units moved its campaign against the militias to the vicinity of al-Rahida, a Houthi stronghold northwest of Taez, located in the southwest of the country.
Meanwhile, a new front opened east of the capital Sanaa, where tribesmen repelled military reinforcements that the Houthi and Saleh militias had sent to bypass Marib.
Since late March, the Saudi-led coalition has bombed Iranian-backed Houthi militias and forces allied to deposed leader Saleh in a bid to put the government of internationally-recognized President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi back in power.