Yemeni Houthi Leader Admits Defeat In Shabwa Province

The leader of Yemen’s Houthi group, Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi on Friday admitted defeat in the Shabwa government in the southeast of the country.

“We have lost control of the province,” Al-Houthi said in a speech broadcast by the group’s Al Masirah news channel, adding the group has had some setbacks in the past few weeks.

Al-Houthi furthered that the recent pushback does not mean a “defeat” adding that his fighters have a strong resolve to fight the aggression forces.

Meanwhile, the Yemeni army announced that they have retaken the control of Bayhan, Usalian, and Ain districts in Shabwa. On 25 of January, the army also said they had overrun Harib district in Marib Governorate, and cleared several areas from the presence of Houthi rebels.

On Thursday, Al-Houthi claimed that the US, UK, and Israel have ordered the United Arab Emirates to escalate clashes in Yemen.

Al-Houthi alleged that UAE is “a major tool in the hands of the Americans,” adding that those standing by US, UK, and Israel in the fight in Yemen would be failed.

On Monday, the UAE defense ministry said they have intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Houthi rebels as Abdu Dhabi hosted Israeli President Isaac Herzog on his first visit to the country.

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