The Yemeni government forces, together with allied Sunni groups and supported by Saudi Arabia and UAE, have inflicted another series of defeats on the Houthis in the south of Yemen.
After the Houthis’ defeat in Aden, the early August saw them in general retreat as their foes recovered several districts in southern Yemen, including towns of Lahij, Zinjibar, Al Anad, Shogra and Lawdar among others. As a result, the Sunni coalition has acquired a solid territorial base in Yemen – something that was not there after the Houthis’ successes several months ago. However, the Iranian-backed rebels still control most of the country’s core, and the Sunni coalition’s forces are likely to encounter stronger resistance if they continue their advance into the areas with significant Shia population.
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