US Navy SEALS stormed an airbase in Yemen on Saturday, and killed more than 30 Yemeni military officers, including one of the countrys most prominent figures.

The raid, which took place in the southern province of Taiz, comes after a month-long US-backed offensive against the Houthi-led government in the capital Sanaa, which has led to the fall of nearly half of Yemen’s territory.US Navy SEALs stormed an Air Force base in Taiz on Saturday and killed at least 30 military officers including a top commander, officials said.

According to the Yemeni military, at least 24 soldiers were killed, as well as five civilians.

The Houthis, a Saudi-backed military alliance, said they were carrying out the attack after a Saudi airstrike killed a Houthi commander.

Saudi-led coalition forces launched a major offensive in Yemen last month, which saw them retake the capital, Sanaa.

It also took over the coastal city of Hudaida, which had been under the Houthis control since 2015.