The battles between the Yemeni army forces backed by the Popular Committees on one hand and the Saudi-led coalition forces on the other, have expanded on Sunday towards the main entrances to Ma’rib city from both the north and west.
Local sources in Ma’rib told Yemen Press Agency that the army forces advanced west from Sirwah front and from Al-Sanjar and Harmal hills at the valley of Al-Mashajeh mountain towards the main entrance and the asphalt road leading to the city center.
The sources indicated that the the army forces established fire control during the past hours over the asphalt line of the Ma’rib city, as they are now a mere five kilometers away from the city center.
Regarding the battles in the north of the city, the sources confirmed that the army forces managed at dawn today to repel the advance of the coalition forces and al-Qaeda elements towards the Al-Alam Al-Abyadh Front, and move towards north of the international road linking the eastern gate of Ma’rib city and ths Al-Abr road in Hadhramaut province with the Al-Wadea’ border crossing.
These military advances made by the Yemeni forces have confused the coalition forces and the militias loyal to them, which prompted them to entrench themselves inside the city and tighten security measures.