The Sunni coalition in Yemen, consisting of the government forces, supporting tribes and militias, and forces of Saudi Arabia and UAE, has made advances against the Iranian-supported Houthis.
During the 15-16 August weekend the Sunni coalition seized Houthi-controlled areas in the Shabwa province in central Yemen. The coalition’s gains include Ataq town. The coalition is also continuing its offensive in the west, claiming to have taken government buildings in the city of Taiz. As of 20 August 2015, however, the coalition has not managed to establish full control over Taiz and Ibb – another important city nearby. Nevertheless, the coalition clearly has the momentum, putting Houthis on the defensive.
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