A senior Yemeni official says the country’s army troops and fighters from allied Popular Committees will establish full control over the entire districts of the central province of Ma’rib in case Saudi-led militants refuse calls for a ceasefire in the strategic area.
Ma’rib provincial governor in Yemen’s National Salvation Government, Major General Ali Muhammad Taiman, told Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network that the Yemeni army troops and allies are now in control of 85% of the province, and are only about 6 to 7 kilometers away from the provincial capital of the same name.
He added that the Yemeni armed forces are currently positioned on the outskirts of Ma’rib city, stressing that, “We agreed to the initiative by [the leader of Yemen’s popular Ansarullah resistance movement] Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi, for a ceasefire. Saudi militants, (loyal to Yemen’s fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi), however, kept bombing women and children. We want peace and strongly oppose bloodshed.”