The Saudi-led coalition has on Sunday allowed 17 military and civilian officials loyal to the Islah Party to leave the city of Ma’rib, according to sources familiar with the matter.
The sources revealed the move came through a mediation led by the military leader in the Islah party, Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar.
The sources affirmed that Al-Ahmar pleaded with the coalition to allow 10 military leaders and 7 civilian leaders, who are close to him, to leave the city with their families and go to Shabwah province.
The move came also after the Yemeni army has advanced militarily towards the coalition-held city. The withdrawal of important Islah members may indicate that the Saudi-led coalition expects to lose control over the city soon.