26 Killed in Fighting in Central Yemen’s Maarib

Houthis report 12 Saudi airstrikes in the past 24 hours

Heavy fighting in the central Yemeni province of Maarib has left at least 26 fighters killed, according to a report from pro-Saudi officials. They say 22 Houthis and four soldiers were slain in the fighting over the last 24 hours.

The Houthis didn’t report specifics on casualties, but did say they’d been hit by 12 Saudi airstrikes in the same period. The government did not mention the airstrikes, though this is a common tactic for the Saudis.

Maarib has long been considered a target in the Yemen War, as after the Saudi-led invasion force took Aden and failed to advance north to Sanaa, they tried to contest Maarib as an alternative way of reaching the capital.

These routes broadly informed the fighting of the war for six years, and continue to be a priority. After six years of stalemate, however, many are starting to think a peace deal ending the conflict is more realistic, as if they were able to overrun the country, they’d have done so by now.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.