DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:10 P.M.) – On Sunday, Houthi forces suffered a temporal setback after troops loyal to the rival Aden-based government began a large-scale offensive in Taiz province, heavily aided by Saudi Arabian warplanes from the sky.

Pushing northwest of Taiz city, the Saudi-backed Yemeni Army imposed full control over the villages of Rajmah, Kadrah, Najibah and Madarat after clashes with the Houthi-led Popular Committees and the Republican Guard, a local source told Al-Masdar News today.

With both sides largely bogged down in Taiz – the country’s third largest city – since April 2015, forces loyal to the Saudi coalition hope to sever the Houthi supply line to the provincial capital.

Meanwhile, Houthi fighters have diverted their military attention to the Saudi border where hit-and-run attacks occur on a daily basis, looking to exhaust and demoralize Saudi Arabia’s military. Long-range ballistic missiles have also been fired by Houthi troops on nearly a dozen locations, reaching far behind enemy lines.

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