Yemen’s Ansarallah resistance movement announced on 16 March that dozens of soldiers loyal to ousted president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, as well as Sudanese mercenaries fighting on behalf of the Saudi-led coalition, have been killed in an operation in the northwestern province of Hajjah.
According to Yemeni media, Ansarallah “carried out an offensive operation in which all military units participated, in the districts of Hiran and Bani Hassan [in the Abs district] in Hajjah.”
The operation resulted in the liberation of 11 villages, including Al-Zahr, Al-Akashiya and Al-Manjoura, and dozens of other sites within an area estimated at around 26 square kilometers.
Yemen’s Al-Masirah network reported that more than 200 soldiers and Sudanese mercenaries were killed or injured in the battles of Hiran and Bani Hassan, and that armored vehicles and various military equipment were either destroyed or seized.
Saudi-led coalition fighter jets attempted to provide aerial support to the parallel government’s forces and the Sudanese mercenaries, but were unable to impede the advancements of the Yemeni Armed Forces and the Popular Committees.
On 14 March, Ansarallah announced that it had taken control of 54 kilometers west of the Haradh border-crossing between Yemen and Saudi Arabia, which is already partly under the control of the resistance group.
The operation reportedly left around 500 coalition troops dead or wounded, while dozens were taken captive. Yemeni media said the operation had driven the mercenaries out of the western part of Haradh city near the Red Sea.
Ansarallah has stepped up its cross border attacks into Saudi Arabia and the UAE in recent months as escalation and intensified airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition have left hundreds of Yemeni civilians dead.
According to a UN report released on 12 March, at least 47 children have been killed or maimed in Yemen in the first two months of this year alone.
Since the start of the Saudi-led war and blockade against Yemen, around 377,000 people have been killed, according to UN estimates, with millions facing starvation in what has been labeled as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.