30 Killed in Fighting East of Yemen Capital

Five Civilians Reported Slain in Stray Shelling

Fighting has picked up in n area 40 miles east of the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa, where pro-Saudi forces pushed into an area held by the Shi’ite Houthis, engaging in a fight that left at least 30 people dead and an unknown number of others wounded.

Among the slain, 25 were identified as fighters, with five others civilian bystanders who were killed when shelling aimed at the fighters strayed into residential areas, hitting homes. There was no indication the fighting has ended conclusively.

That’s been a recurring issue in the Yemen War, with the pro-Saudi forces launching major offensives against Houthi targets, only to see those fights stalemate, and attention moves to some other target.

Pro-Saudi officials made much of the recent push into the area this close to Sanaa, though in reality it was just the latest in a series of pushes trying to get them a shot at the capital city, and so far the signs are that it’s just another front in a growing, far-from-resolved war.

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.