The Saudi-led coalition said Friday it had killed 250 Houthi militants and destroyed 22 military vehicles in Yemen’s Marib province over the past day.
“The attack has been going on for 24 hours and affects 36 different targets,” the coalition said in a statement collected by Saudi state news agency SPA.
In its last day’s offensive against rebels in the region, the coalition has conducted military operations on 12 targets in Yemen’s Al Bayda province and said it eliminated “80 terrorist elements and seven military vehicles.”
Marib is the epicenter of the conflict in the country after the Houthis launched an offensive against the country in February. The province with significant oil reserves is also the country’s only northern bastion of recognized executive power.
Likewise, the United Nations Security Council this Friday demanded that Yemen’s Houthi insurgents immediately release the Emirati ship Rawabi and its crew, which were hijacked off the coast of the country on January 2.
Finally, the Security Council condemns the increasing number of incidents off Yemen’s coast, including attacks on civilian and merchant ships, which pose a significant risk to the maritime security of ships in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.
The war in Yemen pits the internationally recognized government, led by Abdo Rabbu Mansur Hadi and backed by an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia, against the Iran-backed Houthis.
The rebels control Sana’a and other areas in the north and west of the country. The conflict has escalated in recent months, despite international mediation efforts on multiple fronts, into a war that has created the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.