Yemen Army Kills 23 Houthis in Maarib Attack

Fighting rages west of provincial capital

Heavy fighting is raging in western Maarib, where pro-government forces and militia fighters carried out strikes and a push trying expel the Houthis from the area. Officials claim 23 Houthis were killed over the past 48 hours.

Pro-Saudi officials reported six vehicles destroyed in the attack. Conspicuously absent in all of this is the Houthi-aligned media, which has offered no report on this fighting, nor details on any casualties.

Maarib is the last government-held city in northern Yemen, and has been contested since February. The fighting has led to large casualties on both sides, but little territory changing hands.

Fighting seems to be on the rise once again lately. There are clashes several times a week with large casualty numbers. Often the fighting comes from the also contested area to the south, or spills over there when it begins.

Author: Jason Ditz

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