The advances came after about a week of clashes with the Houthis in Taiz
Yemeni Army forces claim control of strategic hills on Taiz’s Red Sea coast
Yemeni Army forces said they recaptured five hills in Al-Dhabab district in southwestern Taiz governorate after a week of heavy fighting with Houthi militants there.
The Taiz Military Axis released a statement on Tuesday saying that government forces took control of five strategic hills – Al-Theyab, Al-Tharwa, Al-Madheedh, Al-Ra'I and Al-Zahir – as well as Wadi Haramyah in Al-Dhabab, which overlooks the strategic Bab Al-Mandab Strait that connects the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
“The liberation of the five hills enables government forces to take full control of Al-Khalwah hill and Al-Sawdaa’ hill in the Al-Ruba’ee area in western Taiz,” the statement said.
The Yemeni military advances came after about a week of clashes with the Houthis, who the army says intensified artillery shelling of villages in Al-Dhabab district, as well as in the old airport neighborhoods and at the central prison in Taiz City.