Saudis Claim 95 Houthis Killed in Fresh Airstrikes Near Maarib

Strikes centered on recently captured Jawba District

While territory continues to fall to the Houthis in and around Maarib, the Saudis are continuing their strategy of airstrikes and offering daily death counts. Friday, the report was 95 killed, mostly in Jawba District, which the Houthis had taken earlier this week.

With death tolls offered almost every single day, the report now is that since October 11, nearly 2,000 Houthis have been killed, almost exclusively in airstrikes. There have been virtually no casualty figures on the other side, though just this week several districts fell to the Houthis.

The Houthis issued another statement, saying the city is nearly surrounded. This is the last city in north Yemen that the Houthis do not fully control. The Houthis have been advancing against the city since February.

After months of fighting, control of Maarib would be symbolically important. It would likely be a point  if, as expected, there are new pushes for peace talks after this fight.

Author: Jason Ditz

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