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Yemen War: Saudi Arabia-led coalition claims to have killed more than 260 Houthi rebels

More than 260 Houthi rebels were killed in fighting over the past three days near Yemen’s strategic city of Marib, the Saudi Arabia-led coalition said on Sunday.

The rebel deaths are the latest among hundreds the coalition claims have been killed in recent battles around the internationally recognised government’s last bastion in oil-rich northern Yemen.

“Thirty-six military vehicles were destroyed and more than 264” rebel fighters were killed in raids in the past 72 hours, the coalition said, quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency.




Iran-aligned Houthis rarely comment on losses, hence it is yet not possible to verify the claims.

The attacks were carried out in Al-Jawba, 50km south of Marib, and Al-Kassara, 30km to the northwest.

The coalition has for the past two weeks reported almost daily air raids around Marib. Last week, the Saudi Arabia-led coalition said it killed 160 Houthi rebels in raids south of Marib.



The coalition has for the past two weeks reported almost daily air raids around Marib. Last week, the Saudi Arabia-led coalition said it killed 160 Houthi rebels in raids south of Marib.

The Houthis began a major push to seize Marib in February, and have renewed their offensive since September after a lull.

The Yemeni civil war began in 2014 when the Houthis seized the capital Sanaa, 120km west of Marib, prompting Saudi Arabia-led forces to intervene to prop up the government the following year.

Tens of thousands of people have died and millions have been displaced in the war.

The United Nations Security Council in its recent discussions called for “de-escalation” in Yemen in a unanimously adopted statement to counter the risk of “large-scale famine” in the country.

The UN children’s agency last week said seven years of conflict in Yemen had killed or wounded at least 10,000 children.