More of 150 Houthi rebels died this thursday in bombing of the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia in the strategic city of Marib, in the west of Yemen, controlled by government forces. “The operation destroyed 11 military vehicles and killed more than 150 terrorist elements” in Al Abdiya, south of Marib, the coalition said, referring to the Houthi Shiite rebels, Saudi news agency SPA reported.
The Houthis launched a campaign in February to conquer Marib, the last government stronghold in that part of Yemen, and in recent weeks they have intensified their offensive. The coalition responded with aerial bombardments over the past four days, killing – according to her – more than 500 insurgents. The balances, however, could not be verified, Telam reported.
The conflict in Yemen has been going on for seven years and pits the Houthi rebels against the government, which is militarily backed by a coalition of Sunni Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia. Yemen is devastated by a seven-year conflict that pits Houthi rebels against the government, which is militarily backed by a coalition of Sunni Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia.
The rebels, politically supported by Iran, control much of northern Yemen, including the capital, Sanaá, taken since 2014. The clashes around Marib intensified in recent weeks and caused dozens of deaths, in a context of diplomatic stalemate in the face of a possible ceasefire.
Since February, the rebels have been trying to control this oil-rich province, located about 120 kilometers from the capital, and which constitutes the main stronghold of forces loyal to the Government in that area of the country. The loss of Marib would be a major setback for the Government and Saudi Arabia.
The battle of Marib aggravated the conflict in this country punished by the worst humanitarian crisis in the world according to the HIM-HER-IT, which warns of a risk of famine on a large scale. 80% of the 30 million inhabitants depend on humanitarian aid that does not have the necessary financing, while international organizations consider that the war has already left tens of thousands of deaths and millions of internally displaced people.