Saudi soldiers at Khoba, a frontline border post with Yemen
Saudi soldiers at Khoba, a frontline border post with YemenReuters File

The Houthi rebels, assisted by the Yemeni armed forces, have taken over the capital of a large Saudi province along the border on Sunday.

Al Hazm, the capital of the province of al Jawf, was captured by the Houthis on Sunday. According to Reuters, the Houthi rebels have taken control over several government buildings in the Saudi town.

"The Houthi forces and those loyal to the former president spread out in the city and around government buildings," a tribal source in al-Hazm told Reuters over the phone.

The capture of a Saudi province by the Houthis would prove to be a major victory point for the Yemeni rebel group ahead of the  peace talks in Geneva on Monday.

A Saudi-led military coalition force has been carrying out air raids in Yemen for three months in an attempt to bring back exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power and repel the Houthis, a Shia group backed by the Iranian regime.

Earlier on Saturday reports emerged that an aircraft that was to carry Houthi rebels and their allies to peace talks in Geneva was forced to leave Sanaa International Airport without the delegates on board.

According to the Associated Press report, the Houthis objected to the idea of two separate delegations.

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