Fighters from Yemen’s powerful Houthi group seized control of the provincial capital of the Al-Bayda governorate on Tuesday without any resistance from government forces, local sources and eyewitnesses told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Eyewitnesses said Houthi militias, backed by the Yemeni army 139th and 117th infantry brigades, deployed in the streets and the state buildings of the city of Al-Bayda on Tuesday.

“Residents were surprised Tuesday morning when a military campaign, accompanied by tanks, heavy artillery and military vehicles, deployed across the streets and military and security posts overlooking the northern entrance of the city of Al-Bayda,” sources in central Yemen told Asharq Al-Awsat, speaking on the condition of anonymity. […]