In this photo taken Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, fighters against Shiite rebels known as Houthis gather at the road leading to Al-Anad base near Aden in the southern province of Lahej, Yemen. The capture of the Al-Anad base was a significant victory for the forces allied to Yemen's exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in their battle to reverse the gains of Houthis. (AP Photo/Wael Qubady)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The UAE-backed Southern Resistance Army and their allies kicked off a new offensive in central Yemen, today, targeting the small province of Al-Bayda.

Backed by heavy airstrikes from the Arab Coalition, the Southern Resistance Army stormed the Houthi-held Al-Malajeem area, resulting in a fierce battle that is still ongoing at the moment.

Pro-government activists have reported new advances by the UAE-backed forces in the Al-Bayda Governorate; however, no videos or photos have been released to corroborate these new claims.

The operation reportedly began at dawn on Friday and is geared to cutoff one of the Houthi forces’ main supply lines to southern Yemen.

In particular, the UAE-backed troops are trying to cut the Houthi supply line to the provincial capital, which would be a major victory for the pro-government forces.

The pro-government activists have claimed that more than 25 Houthi fighters have been killed since the start of the operation.

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