47 Killed in Overnight Fight in Yemen’s Taiz

Houthis Raid Key Town on Pro-Saudi Supply Line

Fighting continues to rage in the Yemeni Taiz Province, with pro-Saudi forces suffering setbacks in a recent Houthi offensive against Dabab, along the main supply route for the pro-Saudi fighters in the province.

At least 47 were killed in overnight fighting in and around Dabab, including two civilians. The split of casualties between the two combatant sides is unclear, and has tended to be subject to dispute between the two factions.

The two sides have been fighting over Taiz Province for months. With the Houthis in Sanaa and the pro-Saudi forces in Aden, the city of Taiz represents both the frontlines of the war and the largest city not conclusively in control of either side.

In the past few weeks, the pro-Saudi side had claimed the advantage in the province, and taken a few towns around the periphery. The overnight raids suggest momentum may once again by shifting, and the war seems as stalemated as ever.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.