By Nasser Arrabyee/17/10/2009
The Yemen army has controlled three important posts in the western frontline of Al Malahaid and killed 17 Al Houthi rebels in combing operations, said the Ministry of Defense Saturday.
The mountains of Dhaher Al Hemar, Al Manafes, and Al K control of the army, the Ministry said in a statement.
The statement also said that the tribesmen of Waelah are imposing a blockade on a group rebels in Abu Jabarah valley.
A total of 11 rebels were killed in the areas of Mahthah and Al Camp around Sa'ada city where a group of them tried to attack the army vehicles.
Two rebels were killed when they alone tried to attack a military post in Al Tamthala area in Shabarek of Harf Sufyan, south of Sa'ada. Three rebels were arrested in a combing operation in Al Okab around Sa'ada city, the statement said.
In Al Talh area, west of Sa'ada city, the rebels kidnapped the citizen Mahmoud Mused Al Shafae after he donated blood for the army, the statement said.
Four rebels were killed and two soldiers were injured when clashes took place between the two sides when Al Houthi rebels were transferring 8 dead bodies of them in Razeh area, local sources said.
Meanwhile, court sources said, the State Security Court, starts today Saturday the trial of 9 Al Houthi rebels on charges of forming an armed gang for carrying out sabotage acts which resulted in killing soldiers and citizens. The security authorities referred so far about 40 rebels for prosecution.