Saudis Say 145 Houthis Killed Around Yemen’s Maarib

Killings took place in Sirwah District

Another day saw more heavy Saudi airstrikes against the Houthis in Sirwah District, near Maarib. Over the past 24 hours, 145 Houthis were reported killed, one of the largest tolls in fighting.

Maarib is the last city in historical North Yemen which the Houthis don’t control. At this point, the Houthis do have it surrounded, and a siege is expected soon.

The Saudis are killing over 100 Houthis almost daily, and that hasn’t prevented them surrounding the city. Reliant on airstrikes, the Saudis seem to be unable to stop the advance.

Efforts to slow the Houthis have generally failed, and the Saudis are likely to face growing pressure to make a deal on ending the war. Whether the Hadi government cooperates, as they haven’t in the past.

Author: Jason Ditz

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