According to the official Saudi Press Agency, the Arab Coalition launched 24 targeted attacks in Yemen’s Marib to confront the Iran-backed Houthi movement (SPA).
According to SPA, the attacks killed 70 “terrorists” and 16 “military vehicles.”
The operation comes at a time when tensions with Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis are growing.
The Houthi militia attack on the UAE, as well as the ongoing attacks on Saudi Arabia, have sparked international outrage.
According to reports, the UAE bombing was the first of its type, prompting condemnations of the Houthi group’s activities from all major international governments.
Dr. Anwar Gargash, the UAE’s diplomatic adviser to the country’s president, is one of several local authorities in talks with worldwide representatives to find a solution to the Iran-backed crisis.
During a phone discussion with Hans Grundberg, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Yemen, Gargash stated that the UAE had a “legal and moral right” to protect itself against terrorist attacks by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi militia.
The UAE official also met with US Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking, who emphasized the importance of “proper international pressure” in reaching a ceasefire deal and finding a political solution to the Yemeni problem.
Throughout 2021, Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis have conducted scores of cross-border attacks against Saudi Arabia.
In September 2021, the Houthis stepped up their efforts to seize Marib, the regional capital and the government’s final northern stronghold.
According to The Associated Press, on January 26, soldiers of Yemen’s internationally recognized government marched into a vital central province, driving Houthi rebels out of the country’s second biggest district.
With explosive-laden drones and ballistic missiles, the Iran-backed militia often attack residential areas and energy sites in the Kingdom.
In recent months, the Arab Coalition has carried out operations against legitimate military Houthi targets in Yemen, advising civilians not to approach or assemble around the targeted areas beforehand.
The coalition further emphasized that the operations will be carried out in accordance with international humanitarian law.