Sanaa: More than 20 Houthi were killed in airstrikes by Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces on militia group bases in Yemen’s Marib region, a government military source said. According to reports, “The airstrike targeted reinforcements in Rahaba district on Saturday evening, destroying four pickup vehicles and killing more than 20 people.”
Meanwhile, Houthi-run al-Maseera TV reported 17 airstrikes on the border of Rahaba, Jabal Murad and Sirwah, the western districts of Marib, without providing further details on Saturday. Last week, after deadly fighting with government troops, the Houthis advanced into al-Kulah, the center city of Rahaba district.
The Iran-backed Houthi militia launched a major offensive in February in an attempt to take control of the oil-rich province, the last northern stronghold of the Saudi-backed Yemeni government. The United States has warned that an invasion of Marib, which hosts about one million internally displaced people, could cause a major humanitarian catastrophe. The world body’s recent peace proposal to end the war was publicly rejected by the Houthi group.
Yemen’s civil war erupted in late 2014 when the Iran-backed Houthi group took control of much of the country’s north and ousted the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi from the capital, Sanaa.