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 (10:25 A.M.) – The UAE-backed Southern Resistance forces seized their first major town in Yemen’s Hodeideh Governorate after an intense battle with the Houthis.

According to pro-government media, the Southern Resistance forces captured the important crossroad town of Hays in the southern part of the Hodeideh Governorate, giving them axis to this important province in western Yemen for the first time in years.

In addition to capturing Hays, the Southern Resistance forces also managed to take control of this entire district inside Hodeideh.

The Southern Resistance forces are now advancing along the Ta’iz-Hodeideh axis in a bid to secure the important mountains that are located near the coast.

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