| 24 May 2024, Friday |

Houthi missile hits a residential neighborhood in Marib

Local sources in the city of Marib, eastern Yemen, told Al-Hurra, on Tuesday, that a ballistic missile fired by the Houthi militia targeted a residential neighborhood in the city.

 The sources did not say whether there were material or human losses caused by the missile. It is worth noting that the legitimate government forces have responded in recent days to about fifty attacks along the line of fire in the governorates of Ma’rib and al-Jawf.

The Houthis escalated a campaign in February to advance towards the city of Marib, the last stronghold of the internationally recognized authority in the north of the country mired in war, with the aim of laying hands on the entire north of Yemen despite the efforts of the United Nations and Washington to stop the war.

Hundreds of both sides were killed in the bloody battles amid the Houthis’ relentless pursuit of control of the city, located in an oil-rich province, which could strengthen their position in any possible future negotiations.

Government officials said that since Thursday, the Houthis launched intensive attacks from the north, south and west, but without being able to penetrate the defenses of government forces backed by air cover from a Saudi-led military coalition since 2015.

An official in the authority’s forces stated that “these areas witnessed fierce fighting amid mutual artillery shelling and intense coalition air raids.”

The conflict in Yemen, which erupted in 2014, witnesses bloody confrontations between the Houthis and the forces of the internationally recognized government, backed by the Saudi-led military coalition.

The conflict has left tens of thousands dead and pushed nearly 80 percent of the population to rely on relief amid the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations.  

This month, the United Nations envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, acknowledged the failure of his efforts to end the war in the country, at the conclusion of a three-year mission, according to AL-Hurra.

  • Alhurra