Yemen’s Military Recaptures 4 Military Positions From Houthi Rebels In Southwest Of The Country

Smoke rises from a government building in al-Houta, the provincial capital of Yemen's southern Lahej province March 21, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

The Yemeni army has captured four military strongholds held by the Houthi rebels in the southwestern province of Taiz. In a statement released by the military spokesperson, the new positions were recovered after intense clashes between both sides.

The Houthi rebels suffered significant losses and have since fled the areas in the districts of Jabal Habashy and Maqbanah. Yemen has remained in a state of civil war since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

The conflict escalated when Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a massive air campaign in 2015 aimed at reversing Houthi military gains and shoring up Yemen’s embattled government.

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