Yemen’s Houthis Seize Two New Districts in Maarib

Saudis kill 105 Houthis in airstrikes

Another day in Yemen’s contested Maarib has the Saudis reporting another 105 Houthis killed in airstrikes. The big news may be the Houthis gaining yet more territory.

The Houthis confirmed having captured the Jubah and Jabal Murad Districts, two more districts on the fringe of Maarib City. Between those, and the ones taken earlier this week, the Houthis have the city almost entirely surrounded, and have taken parts of the city itself.

It’s hard to see how the casualties are so disproportionate when the signs on the ground are that the Houthis are effectively winning, and are on the verge of taking the city, the last part of northern Yemen they don’t control.

On the other side, the Saudis and their allies control less and less territory, and all they’ve got to tout as war progress is the body count. The war has clearly been a failure, and the question is if the Saudis will attempt to extricate themselves with a negotiated settlement.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of