Saudis Report 115 Houthis Killed in Airstrikes Near Maarib

UN envoy warns Yemen peace an 'uphill battle'

After a pair of daily tolls showing nearly 300 Houthis killed this weekend, Saudi Arabia reported 115 more Houthis killed near Maarib in Monday’s airstrikes.

These strikes took place in Sirwah west of the city. The Houthis have the city mostly surrounded, and pro-Saudi forces are expecting a siege. Huge death tolls have not stopped the advance.

UN Special Envoy Hans Grundberg warned that efforts for peace are facing an uphill battle, adding that the casualties are “exacerbating the humanitarian situation and undermining peace efforts.”

Monday’s 115 killed is indicative of recent casualties, and 100+ killed is pretty much a daily occurrence in recent weeks. If high death tolls are an obstacle, this could be a long-term problem giving the recent reliance on airstrikes.

Author: Jason Ditz

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