The Saudi-backed Yemeni National Army – alongside private security forces – launched a large-scale offensive to expel Al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) from the Abyan Province in southern Yemen.

According to the Aden Post, the Yemeni National Army began their assault on the port-city of Al-Mukalla after transferring a large number of fighters from Hadi stronghold of Aden.

The Yemeni National Army was able to impose full control over the eastern district of Al-Mukalla after a violent battle with Al-Qaeda forces inside the city; this also resulted in all supply roads being cutoff to the aforementioned terrorist group.

Following the capture of the eastern district, the Yemeni National Army seized the Al-Rayyan Airport, killing several AQAP militants in the process.

Clashes are still ongoing; however, most of the city is now under the control of the Saudi-backed Yemeni National Army and their allies.

 

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