18 Houthis Killed in Saudi-led Airstrikes in Yemen’s Maarib

Attacks took place west of contested city of Maarib

Fighting continues over the heavily contested city of Maarib in northern Yemen, and at least 18 Houthis were reported killed Wednesday in Saudi airstrikes in the western districts near the city.

Maarib has been the site of heavy fighting over the last few months. It is the last city in historic northern Yemen to remain under government control, and the Houthis have been heavily contesting it.

This latest strike comes amid reports that the Yemeni government is trying to make advances near Maarib. The two sides trade territory along the city’s outskirts fairly regularly, usually accompanied by bloody fighting. So far, however, none of the fights have been decisive, and it’s just left the city contested.

Fighting over Maarib has increasingly become entangled with fighting in Bayda Province, further south. The Houthis control territory in Bayda that the government wants, and fights down there tend to lead both sides to try to press their advantage northward into Maarib.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.