YEMEN Press Agency

Coalition fails to rescue hundreds of recruits south of Marib

MARIB, Sept. 24 (YPA) – Saudi-led coalition forces have failed to rescue hundreds of besieged recruits for the third day in a row, on fronts south of Marib province.

Local sources in Marib province told the Yemen Press Agency (YPA) that hundreds of coalition recruits in the so-called Bayhan Axis and “159th Brigade” have been under suffocating siege in the areas of Bani Abd, in the district of Al-Abdiyah, south of Marib, since the National Salvation government’s  forces  imposed full control over the in “Ma’la” mountains and Ma’la dam north and southeast of Harib district.

The coalition aircraft also failed to break the siege on the recruits despite of intensive airstrikes, the latest of which was at noon on Friday, when it launched two airstrikes, the sources said.

The sources pointed out that the number of recruits trapped in the district of al-Jubah, exceeds the number of prisoners of the coalition recruits in “Wadi Jabara” in the front of Kitaf Saada.

Brigadier General Abdul Hakim al-Shadadi, commander of the “159th Brigade” and Sheikh Ahmed al-Thabti escaped before the Sanaa forces imposed their siege, on hundreds of coalition recruits, the sources quoted eyewitnesses as saying.