Yemen-Marib battle: 186 Houthi rebels killed in airstrikes

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The Saudi-led military alliance that intervened in the 2015 war in Yemen announced on Saturday that 186 Shiite Houthi rebels had been killed in airstrikes over the past 24 hours in al-Bayda province and the strategically important province of Marib. the last stronghold of the internationally recognized government forces in this area, where conflicts have been raging since the beginning of the year.

Two sources close to the ruling coalition told AFP that the Houthis had been repulsed about a hundred kilometers south of the strategic port city of Honda, adding that “32 insurgents and nine soldiers had been killed.”

The Riyadh alliance has been announcing daily for more than a month that it has inflicted heavy casualties on the rebels with the air strikes it launches; in their classes. The bombings do not appear to be stopping the advance of the rebels, who have been trying to seize Marib since February.

The alliance “destroyed 17 military vehicles and killed at least 186” insurgents in Sirwa (west of Marib) and al-Baida (south), according to a statement broadcast by the official Saudi news agency SPA.

Since the outbreak of armed conflict in Yemen in 2014, the Iranian-backed Houthis have gradually taken control of almost the entire north, including the capital but not Marib. The loss of the city and the oil-rich province of the same name would be a disastrous development for the internationally recognized government and its main protector, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

On Friday, the Houthis occupied an area south of the city of Hondaida, which is in their hands, after leaving government positions, for which no official explanation was given. However, a statement from the UAE-backed forces quoted by Reuters news agency said they saw no reason to maintain positions in the western Yemeni city due to the 2018 UN-mediated ceasefire in Sweden.

On Saturday, guerrillas attempted to seize another area but were repulsed after fighting with more than 40 dead on both sides.

The conflict of the last seven years in the poorest country of the Arabian Peninsula has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people, the vast majority of civilians, and displaced millions more, according to international aid organizations. According to the UN, the worst humanitarian catastrophe in the world is unfolding in Yemen in recent years.

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