On Friday afternoon, the Yemeni Army and their popular committees – led by the Houthis – have launched a massive military operation to recapture the strategic Shawba and Dhale Governorates in southern Yemen after the pro-Hadi forces captured this province in mid-August of this year.

One of Yemen’s largest provinces in terms of landmass, the Shawba Governorate is the gateway to the eastern part of the country that is currently controlled by a number of factions loyal to Al-Qaeda; if recaptured by the Yemeni Army and Houthis, they will have access to its large port that is situated at the northern section of the Persian Gulf.

Unlike the Shawba Governorate, the Dhale Governorate is relatively small in terms of landmass, but its population size rivals that of the former, making it another imperative military endeavor for the Yemeni Army and Houthis; this province is also imperative due to its proximity to the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, which is located northwest of Dhale.

The Yemeni Army and their popular committees have already started operations to recapture Dhale; however, their offensive in Shawba is set to begin in the next 48 hours, as the pro-Hadi forces attempt to rally their fighters to combat this massive assault.

 

 

 

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