Saudi-led coalition says 60 Houthis killed near Yemen's Marib

AFP , Wednesday 10 Nov 2021

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen said Wednesday its latest air strikes killed another 60 Houthi rebels near Marib, the last government stronghold in the north.

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File Photo: A Yemeni fighter backed by the Saudi-led coalition fires his weapon during clashes with Houthi rebels on the Kassara frontline near Marib, Yemen, June 20, 2021. AP

Eight military vehicles were destroyed and 60 rebels killed in 11 operations over 24 hours to hunt down rebels, it said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

It said the operations were carried out in Sirwah to the west of Marib and Al-Jawf province to the north.

The coalition has reported high death tolls on a near daily basis by the coalition, amounting to over 3,000 deaths among the rebels since mid-October.

The Iran-back Shia Houthis rarely comment on casualties, which cannot be independently verified.

A Yemeni military official said Wednesday that 28 fighters from the pro-government Obaida tribe and seven government forces were killed in clashes with rebels south of Marib over the previous 24 hours.

A military official in the government said last week that the Houthis have made advances in the south.

The rebels have intensified their efforts to capture Marib since September after a lull in their advance which began February.

The capture of the strategic oil-rich city would aid the Houthis' expansion to other provinces, marking a major blow to the coalition.

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