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On Sunday, the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen announced that 264 Houthi fighters had been killed in air strikes during the past 72 hours on two areas near the strategic city of Marib, where battles are taking place between the Houthis and government forces backed by Riyadh.

The coalition said in a statement published by official media that it had carried out “88 targeting operations” in the Al-Kasara areas, about 30 km northwest of Marib and Al-Juba, about 50 km south of Marib, which led to “the destruction of 36 vehicles and the killing of more than 264 Houthi terrorist elements.” .

The Iranian-backed Houthis rarely comment on casualties, and AFP was not able to independently verify the death toll.

The coalition is trying to prevent the rebels from reaching the city of Marib, the last stronghold of the internationally recognized government in the north of the war-torn country. In February, the Houthis escalated their military operations to control it.

Since then, the battles have left hundreds of people 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.

The coalition announced air strikes in the vicinity of Marib almost daily over the past two weeks.

The conflict in Yemen is between a government backed by the 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.

 
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