BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – For the second time this week, the Saudi-backed forces have launched a powerful attack to advance in eastern Sanaa.

Backed by Saudi-led Coalition airstrikes, the Hadi loyalists stormed the Houthi defenses around the strategic Nihm District of Sanaa.

Intense clashes would breakout between the two parties and last for several hours on Thursday before the Houthi forces were able to push back the pro-government troops.

According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their fighters managed to repel the Saudi-backed assault at several axes in the Nihm District, while also inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy troops.

Furthermore, the Houthi forces claimed that they responded to this Saudi-backed operation by launching their own offensive at the Tal Rabah and Sawa’el-Jarjour fronts.

Since the UAE-backed forces halted their offensive in the Hodeideh Governorate, the most intense clashes have taken place in the Nihm District of Sanaa.

This strategic district in eastern Sanaa is considered the gateway for the pro-government forces to reach the Yemeni capital.

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Fun fact: Nihm region is the same area where ancient Yemeni Jewish tribes used to inflict heavy losses on invading 10,000 Roman Empire troops who were attempting to march towards Sabaean capital Marib. The Romans who were ill-knowledge at Yemeni geography lost too many men by the time they reach the capital outskirts. It took them 6 months to reach Marib, while 60 days to retreat back to Egypt. I’ve lost count how many times have Saudi coalition declared new offensives in Nihm front. Pro-Hadi never learn from this lesson. This place is totally covered with rugged mountains and plateau… Read more »