Houthis Report 178 Fighters Killed in Yemen’s Maarib

Heavy fighting continues to rage around contested city

In fighting over Yemen’s Maarib, most tolls come from the Saudi side, and the Houthis rarely comment. Wednesday, the Saudis reported 60 Houthis killed.

But the Houthis made a rare comment, claiming they’d recovered 178 bodies killed in the last 24 hours. They reported the bodies were taken to another province.

This is a large death toll, but not so large as to be that unusual in Maarib, where Saudi airstrikes have been killing a lot of Houthis every day, though not so many as to prevent the Houthis from taking almost all of the province.

Maarib is the last city in North Yemen that the Houthis don’t control, and while they seem close to taking it, the Saudis continue to ensist that they aren’t withdrawing.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.