Saudi-backed Troops Reinforce Yemen’s Maarib, Increase Airstrikes

Houthis continue to contest north Yemen's last stronghold

Faced with continued Houthi offensives against their last stronghold in northern Yemen, the Saudi-backed government is sending hundreds of reinforcements into Maarib, and increasing the number of airstrikes trying to keep the Houthis at arm’s length.

Reinforcements arrived in Maarib through Hadramout and Shabwa, and Saudis reported several air strikes in the area. There was no word if this had changed the situation on the ground.

Earlier in the week, the Houthis had seized hilltops overlooking the target, and had sent reinforcements of their own in, talking up the oil-rich area they are trying to take.

The US is urging the Houthis to stop the offensive and join the peace process. The UN reiterated that they don’t see military force resolving the ongoing war. Very few parts of Yemen are realistically up for grabs even so many years into the war, and the reality is it is mostly a stalemate.

Author: Jason Ditz

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