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 (12:00 A.M.) – The Saudi-backed forces launched a new offensive inside the eastern countryside of Sanaa on Thursday, targeting the Houthis positions near the Mareb Governorate axis.

According to the official media wing of the Houthis Movement, their troops confronted a large Saudi-backed force that was attempting to capture the strategic Nihm District.

The Houthis official media wing said their troops were able to fully repel the Saudi-backed attack on their positions, forcing the latter to retreat back towards the Mareb Governorate.

They added that their troops managed to kill scores of Saudi-backed fighters, including a number of field commanders loyal to the exiled President Abd Rubbah Mansour Hadi.

This latest attack by the Saudi-backed forces in the Nihm District marks the third time in the last two weeks that they have launched an offensive in this part of the Sanaa Governorate.

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