Heavy Fighting Reported in Central Yemen

Yemen's army claims several villages taken

Yemeni Army and Houthi forces spent the weekend engaged in heavy fighting in the central Bayda Province. Reports claimed the Houthis sustained “heavy losses.”

As is so often the case in Yemen, heavy fighting and heavy losses are not easy to verify, and not much on the ground results from even the most intense fighting.

The conclusion was, as usual, decidedly inconclusive: With the army trying to move toward Bayda city, the Houthis sent reinforcements to cover for their losses, and more fighting ensued.

In the end, a few villages were claimed by the army, but little happened beyond that. One district, at most, changed hands. This is likely to mean continued fighting over this part of Yemen, as with so many other permanently-contested regions.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.