Pro-government Popular Resistance fighters, supported by UAE armored units and troops and Saudi-led airstrikes, recaptured Al-Anad airbase, the country largest military base, after heavy combat with Houthi insurgents who had taken the base earlier this year, Reuters quoting a government commander, reported today.
“The national army and the Popular Resistance have completed control of Al-Anad military and air base,” said Brig. Gen. Fadel Hassan. (Reuters/Arab News, 3 August)
The recapture of Al-Anad provides a strategic base of operation for the Arab coalition and opens up the road north to the city of Taiz, Yemen’s third largest, where Houthi insurgents and pro-government fighters have been locked in combat.
Earlier today, images posted on the Twitter showed a column of UAE’s LeClerc main battle tanks and BMP armored vehicles, including M-ATVs, deployed in a port in Aden and heading toward Al-Anad. There were also reports of 3,000 Arab coalitions troops deployed in Aden today.
Photo credit: Image posted on Twitter showing a column of UAE tanks heading toward Al-Anad military base after being deployed in a port in Aden (Twitter/@saikhamk, 3 August)