At Least 40 Houthis Killed in Fighting in Yemen’s Maarib

Army claims gains south of Maarib

At least 40 Houthis were reported killed in heavy fighting in the central Maarib Province, as pro-Saudi forces continued to try to amass gains in the southern area.

It wasn’t so long ago that the Houthis held the whole province, excepting the capital. Fighting further south spread up there and allowed pro-Saudi forces to recover some lost ground.

Still, fighting has been raging around Maarib, a sign that the fighting isn’t moving on to other sites. An army convoy was attacked by a car bomb in Maarib, reportedly destroying weapons brought into the area.

Interestingly, some reports suggested that the attack failed with no casualties. The Houthis will likely consider it a bit of a success if they got truckloads of arms.

Author: Jason Ditz

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