60 Killed as Yemen Govt Tries to Push Into Northern Yemen City

Saudi airstrikes continue to escalate as Maarib fighting rages

Fighting continues to rage in northern Yemen’s Maarib Province, but while they were focusing on the last government-held outpost for weeks, the Maarib Dam, the shift has turned and now government forces are trying to attack the city of Hazm.

Escalation of Saudi airstrikes is the big game-changer here, first stalling the bloody fight in Maarib, and now trying to bolster the counter-offensive. At least 60 fighters were killed Friday, roughly double normal daily tolls in recent weeks.

As usual, the high death toll doesn’t mean anything tangible changed on the ground, at most some vague claims of changing momentum, and no territory actually changing hands.

The Houthis had hoped to take the last government holding in northern Yemen as a way to consolidate, but other than hundreds dying, nothing has permanently changed hands, and the fighting seems to be poised to escalate.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.