Yemeni forces have managed to establish control over a mountainous area in Yemen’s southwestern province of Ta’izz following heavy clashes with Saudi - backed militants. Yemeni forces on Saturday seized control of Jabal al-Shabakeh area in the Dhubab district, leaving an unspecified number of Saudi mercenaries dead or injured, Yemen’s al-Masirah television reported. The report said two military vehicles belonging to the militants were also destroyed during the fierce clashes. Separately, Yemeni troopers and their allies targeted an armored vehicle in al-Shorfeh military base of Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border city of Najran, killing all those on board. A military truck carrying Saudi soldiers also hit an improvised explosive device south of al-Moannaq area in the southern border region of Jizan, killing all the occupants. Yemeni forces and Popular Committees fighters also fired a barrage of artillery rounds and rockets at a number of Saudi military bases, namely Jahfan, Sharqan, Jabouh, in the border region of Jizan. Also on Saturday, Saudi warplanes bombarded an area on the outskirts of Yemen’s Red Sea port city of Mokha, leaving a civilian dead. A mosque, a residential building and a pedestrian overpass were also demolished in the Nihm district of Sana’a Province. There were no immediate reports of casualties and the extent of damage caused. On Friday, Saudi warplanes hit three military bases in Hamdan and al-Nahdin districts of the same Yemeni province. Yemen has been under military attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March last year. The Saudi military strikes were launched to bring the fugitive former president, Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi, back to power. At least 8,278 people, among them 2,236 children, have been killed and 16,015 others injured since March 2015. The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.