The Houthi forces have made remarkable progress in the east Sanaa countryside recently, capturing several sites from the Hadi loyalists and their Saudi allies.
Over the last 48 hours, the Houthi forces and Yemeni Army have seized a large chunk of the east Sanaa, leaving them only 10 km away from the provincial capital of the Mareb Governorate.
According to Al-Masdar’s Yemeni war correspondent, Tony Toh, the Houthi forces and Yemeni Republican Guard secured most of the sites in the Haylan area, as well as the Rabi’yah Valley that is located just east of the Sirwah region.
Marib City is ‘Abd Rubbah Mansour Hadi’s (exiled Yemeni president) main stronghold in northern Yemen; if it is captured by the Houthi forces, it could spell trouble for his loyalists.
In early July, Hadi told a crowd in Marib City that his forces were preparing to “liberate” Sanaa from the Houthi Movement; however, since then, his loyalists have lost a great deal of territory.