Saudi Arabia has on Monday stopped participation in defending a Hadi government compound in Ma’rib city, the most important stronghold of the Islah Party militias in the city that is on the brink of being retaken by the Yemeni army and Popular Committees.
According to well-informed sources, Saudi Arabia directed its officers in the operations room in Ma’rib to leave the city.
The sources pointed out that a convoy of three armoured vehicles and four military police vehicles has left Ma’rib and headed towards the port of Al-Wadea in Hadhramaut.
The sources expected that the Saudi officers would be transferred to a coalition camp in Sharurah.
The Saudi withdrawal came after a series of major advances by the Yemeni army and Popular Committees from several directions. The forces loyal to the National Salvation Government of Yemen have been steadily beating back Saudi-led forces and are reportedly on the brink of liberating the key city of Ma’rib.