Nearly 100 Killed in North Yemen Fighting, Saudis and Houthis Trade Attacks

Saudis hit Yemen capital, Houthis go after oil facilities

Fighting continues to rage in northern Yemen, with at least 90 combatants killed in Maarib Province in a 24-hour period. The fighters, loyal to the Saudi-backed government and the Houthi movement, are contesting the last government-held outpost in the area.

Daily fighting and ever-rising death tolls have left neither side closer to victory, and instead the two sides seem to be escalating away from Maarib and hitting one another in valuable targets nearby.

The Saudis, as usual, are falling back on airstrikes, hitting the capital city of Sanaa. The details of what they’re after aren’t clear, though they insisted that they hit “military sites in the capital” with several raids.

The Houthis, meanwhile, looked further north for targets, sending missiles and drones into Saudi Arabia to go after oil facilities. At least three military targets were hit, as well as the oil storage yard at Ras Tanura. Saudi officials say there were no casualties at the oil site.

Attacks on oil sites are meant to be attacks on the economic well-being of the Saudis, who for the past six years have spent just preposterous amounts of money buying weapons from the US, Britain, and others to pour into the Yemen War.

The attacks in Sanaa, by contrast, are mostly about retaliation against the Houthis, and while they often kill civilians or minor military targets, they very rarely do anything meaningful to the conflict.

Author: Jason Ditz

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