65 Killed in Fighting Around Yemen’s Maarib

Houthis reportedly made progress in early attacks

Scores of fighters have been killed in the last 48 hours, as Yemen’s Houthis have made a push against Maarib from the south. Reports are that they made progress early in this offensive, but now it seems to have ended up with a high death toll and little territory changing hands.

Over the last 48 hours, 65 fighters were killed, including 43 Houthis and 22 government troops. This is in addition to at least 30 other government fighters reported killed earlier in the week.

The Houthis have been contesting Maarib since February. Maarib is the last government-held stronghold in northern Yemen, and both sides want to shore up definitive control to enhance their bargaining position in future peace talks.

This might have been the case, but after over half a year of fighting without a conclusive result, the peace talks have been put on hold, and nobody seems to be benefiting in any way.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.