Over the past few months, Ansar Allah (also known as the Houthis) have pressured Saudi-backed forces in Yemeni provinces of al-Jawf and Marib capturing significant areas this. This advance put Saudi-backed forces in the central part of Yemen in a critical situation and crated for them a threat of a full lose of Marib province. This situation would mark another collapse of their defense there and showcase that the Saudi-led coalition has been slowly but steadily losing the war.
This situation forced the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies to undertake more active actions. Just recently, they launched a large attack on Houthi positions in al-Jawf province forcing them to retreat from the Nodhood mountain area. However, this is far from a major success. If in the coming days Saudi-led forces do not develop the momentum, the Houthis will likely once again retake the initiative in the province.SAUDI-BACKED FORCES PUSH TO REGAIN INITIATIVE IN YEMEN’S AL-JAWF PROVINCE (MAP UPDATE)