| 21 May 2024, Tuesday |

Nearly 80 killed in fighting for the strategic Yemeni city of Marib: Sources

Military sources told AFP on Wednesday, that about 80 rebels and pro-government troops have been killed in fighting for the strategic Yemeni city of Marib.

“Sixty Houthi rebels were killed most of them in airstrikes conducted in the last 24 hours — while 18 pro-government troops were killed and dozens injured in clashes over the past 48 hours,” a government military official said.

The figures were confirmed by other military sources, while the rebels rarely report casualty numbers.

Battles between Yemen’s government, which is backed by a Saudi-led military coalition, and the Iran-allied Houthi rebels have intensified in recent days in the province of Marib, according to the military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The fighting was concentrated in the north and west of the governorate.

The official said airstrikes have also intensified.

The rebels themselves reported early on Wednesday that the coalition has launched at least 30 such strikes against them across Marib province.