According to Saudi military sources quoted by Arab News on Monday, around 40 members of the Houthi movement were killed on Sunday in new clashes with government forces supported by the ruling coalition in Yemen’s Marib province (center).
According to these sources, a total of 43 rebels, “the majority of the coalition bombings”, died in the fighting between Saturday and Sunday after an attack that attempted to open a new front as they advanced towards Marib, the provincial capital.
They also highlighted that the Yemeni army has deployed troops and military equipment to Abyan, Al Baida, Marib and Shabua provinces in the face of the expansion of the Houthi offensive, which has resulted in clashes with hundreds of deaths in recent years. Months.
The rebels began operations to capture Marib in February, exacerbating the conflict and drawing criticism from internationally recognized Yemeni President Abdo Rabbu Mansur Hadi, who lives in Saudi Arabia.
Hadi on Sunday accused Iran of using the Houthis as a tool for its expansionist ambitions and accused the group of being “puppets” of Tehran. “They have taken the nation hostage to an expansionist policy and in a place to pass on the hateful Iranian experience that the Yemeni people reject,” he said.
For his part, the Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sari has claimed to have shot down a US spy device near the Madghal district in Marib without commenting on possible victims among his ranks, such as the Yemeni agency SABA. reports news.
The war in Yemen hits the internationally recognized government, led by Hadi and supported by an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia, and the Houthis, who are supported by Iran.
The rebels control the capital Sana’a and other areas in the north and west of the country. In recent months, despite international mediation efforts on several fronts, the conflict has escalated into a war that has caused the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.