Loy­al­ists re­take Ye­men’s big­gest air base in key gain

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Pro-gov­ern­ment forces backed by a Saudi-led coali­tion re­took Ye­men’s big­gest air base from Iran-backed rebels on Tues­day in a sig­nif­i­cant new gain af­ter their re­cap­ture of sec­ond city Aden last month.

The Al-Anad base, 60 kilo­me­tres ( 40 miles) north of Aden, is strate­gi­cally lo­cated on the main road north to­wards both the bat­tle­ground third city of Taez and the rebel-held cap­i­tal Sanaa.

The loy­al­ists swiftly pushed on from Al-Anad on Tues­day, at­tack­ing the rebel-held Labouza army camp 10 kilo­me­ters (six miles) fur­ther north, mil­i­tary sources said.

Pro-gov­ern­ment sources said that the rebels lost 70 dead and 10 cap­tured in the fight­ing for AlA­nad. The loy­al­ists suf­fered 24 dead and 23 wounded.

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