Saudi Coalition Launches 47 Airstrikes Against Yemen’s Maarib

Houthis bury slain fighters as conflict rages

In Yemen, heavy fighting continues to rage in Maarib, where the Houthis are trying to take the last city in northern Yemen outside of their control. Monday, the focus was not on the ground, but on burying those slain in the weekend’s conflicts.

Military funerals were held in the capital of Sanaa for 25 fighters killed in Maarib. As these were held, the Saudis continued to escalate airstrikes into Maarib, launching at least 47 in the past 24 hours.

It should not be understated that 47 airstrikes is a huge amount. Almost every day, somewhere in the range of 100 Houthis are killed in Maarib, and that usually involves 15-20 airstrikes. There is as of yet no toll on this new attack.

The even bigger question is if this indications a new normal for strikes going forward, as it suggests the Saudis don’t have a lot of tactics they’re comfortable with in Maarib outside of massive airstrikes.

Author: Jason Ditz

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