Yemeni troops kill eight Houthis in fighting in Marib, as Saudi-led airstrikes target Sana’a


Heavy fighting has taken place in areas south of Marib between Houthi rebels – who control Yemen’s capital Sana’a – and the Yemeni army – backed by an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

War in Yemen erupted in 2014, when Houthi rebels seized Sana’a and forced the government into exile in Saudi Arabia. [Getty]

Yemeni troops killed eight Houthi rebels in clashes in Marib province, as the Saudi Arabia-led coalition launched airstrikes on Al-Sawadiya camp in Al-Bayda governorate, according to several reports.

Heavy fighting has taken place in areas south of Marib between Houthi rebels – who control Yemen’s capital Sana’a – and the Yemeni army – backed by an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

A Houthi armored column was heading towards the Al-Kasara front, west of Marib, when it was targeted by the Yemeni army.

The Saudi-led coalition claimed on Sunday that 70 Houthi rebels were killed in airstrikes on Marib province, and six military vehicles destroyed.

The coalition launched airstrikes on Al-Sawadiya camp in Al-Bayda on Sunday evening after issuing a warning and calling for the site to be evacuated of civilians.

The coalition – which says the strikes were “in response to threats and […] a military necessity “- claimed that the camp is used for the storage, supply and launching of weapons.

The coalition said it would hold the Houthis accountable for any civilians in the camp after the warning.

He declared “to have taken all the necessary measures in accordance with international humanitarian law in the operation”.

The race of the Houthis Al Masirah Television claimed the raids were aimed at the “customs port square”, indicating the absence of a military objective.

The war in Yemen – which created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis – erupted in 2014, when the Houthis seized Sana’a and forced the government into exile in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi-led Arab coalition entered the conflict in March 2015, with the aim of restoring full powers to the Yemeni government.

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