At Least 70 Killed as Yemen Fighting Rages in Maarib, Taiz

Houthis seek gains in two major fronts of war

Fighting continues to rage in Yemen, with the Houthi movement both trying to consolidate gains near Maarib, and trying to push for new opportunities around the contested city of Taiz, leading to major clashes.

Over the past few days, reports are that the Houthis made gains near Maarib, along the northwestern routes which they have been contesting. At least 42 more were killed in fighting over the weekend, but without any apparent new gains.

Meanwhile in Taiz, the Houthis are testing defenses in a city which is split between the two sides since the earliest days of the Saudi invasion. As usual, fighting was intense but little territory seems to have changed hands. At least 28 fighters were killed.

Taiz sees a lot of fighting, but rarely anything happens that suggests the stalemate might break. Maarib, on the other hand, represents the last Saudi holding in north Yemen, and the Houthis seem to be making gains in their approach. This could still be a city falling to them.

Author: Jason Ditz

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