Hundreds of Saudi-led troops still trapped as Yemeni forces continue siege near Ma'rib

Hundreds of Saudi-led troops still trapped as Yemeni forces continue siege near Ma'rib

Saudi-led coalition forces have failed to rescue hundreds of their besieged forces on the frontlines south of Ma’rib province for the third day in a row.

Local sources in Ma’rib province told Yemen Press Agency (YPA) that hundreds of coalition recruits of the so-called Bayhan Axis and the 159th Brigade have been under siege in the areas of Bani Abd, in the district of al-Abdiyah south of Marib, by forces loyal to the National Salvation Government of Yemen.

Yemeni forces imposed full control over the Ma’la mountains and dam north and southeast of Harib district recently.

Invading coalition aircraft failed to break the siege on the Saudi-led forces despite intensive airstrikes, the latest of which was at noon on Friday.

Two commanders of the besieged forces, Brigadier General Abdul Hakim al-Shadadi, who is commander of the 159th Brigade, and Sheikh Ahmed al-Thabti, both fled before Yemeni forces imposed their siege on the several hundreds of troops they left behind, the sources quoted eyewitnesses as saying.

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