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The Saudi coalition announces the killing of 160 Yemeni rebels south of Marib, amid progress by the Houthis

The Saudi coalition announces the killing of 160 Yemeni rebels south of Marib, amid progress by the Houthis
The Saudi coalition announces the killing of 160 Yemeni rebels south of Marib, amid progress by the Houthis

Riyadh (AFP)

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen announced on Saturday that 160 Yemeni rebels were killed in new raids south of the strategic city of Ma’rib, while government sources told AFP that the Houthis had made progress in the same area, despite the heavy casualties in their ranks.

In a statement, the coalition stated that it had carried out 32 “targeting operations” during the past 24 hours, which led to the destruction of 11 military vehicles and “human losses of more than 160 terrorist elements” in Abdiya, about 100 km south of the city of Marib, which the Houthis have been trying to control for months.

In February, the Houthis escalated their military operations to seize the city of Marib, the last stronghold of the recognized government in the north of the country.

Since then, the battles have left hundreds dead on both sides and displaced more than 55,000 people from their homes since the beginning of this year, according to the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Thursday.

The coalition is trying to prevent the rebels from reaching the city of Marib. Within a week, the coalition announced that more than 700 insurgents had been killed in the Abdiya district alone. The coalition has not announced how it counted these numbers, and AFP cannot independently verify them, while the Houthis do not disclose their losses.

Despite the casualties, officials in the government forces in Marib reported that the rebels had made progress in Abdiya in the past hours.

One of the officials said that the Houthis had become “in the center of the Abdiya district after a four-week siege,” accusing the rebels of committing “crimes of kidnapping, imprisonment and abuse” against tribes that were cooperating with government forces.

The military official spoke of the killing of “nearly twenty people from the government forces and their loyal tribes, in addition to the wounding of 47 others” in the past 24 hours, a toll confirmed by another military official.

The conflict in Yemen is between a government backed by a Saudi-led military coalition since 2015, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who have controlled large areas in the north and west of the country, as well as the capital, Sanaa, since 2014.

The conflict resulted in the killing of tens of thousands of people, including many civilians, according to several humanitarian organizations.

About 3.3 million people are still displaced, while 24.1 million people, or more than two-thirds of the population, need assistance, according to the United Nations, which has repeatedly stressed that Yemen is currently witnessing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

© 2021 AFP

 
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