Pro-Saudi Officials Claim Scores of Houthis Killed in South Yemen Fighting

Houthis reportedly seeking to add to gains in the Dhalea Province

Officials from the pro-Saudi military in Yemen are claiming that they killed “scores” of Shi’ite Houthi fighters in intense fighting in Yemen’s Dhalea Province on Friday. They did not offer specific numbers, nor did they reveal any casualties on their side.

The Houthis are known to have moved into Dhalea Province in recent weeks in an offensive, and the new report suggests they sought to extend their gain into several villages, where they faced resistance from opposing forces.

Dhalea is much further south than the Houthis generally have tried to engage in offensives, but once they take territory in the region’s mountains they’ve proven incredibly difficult to unseat in the past, and may be looking to block routes of offensive against territory further north.

Despite reports of heavy casualties in the fighting, there is no sign the Houthis have lost any territory, nor indeed that they are backing away from the villages they are currently contesting.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.