Another 85 Houthi guerrillas killed in airstrikes

The Saudi-led military alliance involved in the 2015 war in Yemen announced on Tuesday that another 85 Shiite Houthi rebels had been killed in airstrikes launched around the strategic city of Marib in the north, where no enemy the last two weeks.

The alliance supports forces that are loyal to the internationally recognized government and are trying to repel the Houthis. Shiite rebels launched an offensive in February to seize the city and the province of Marib, the last of which remains out of their control in the north of the war-torn country.

“We have carried out 21 operations in which (…) 9 military vehicles were destroyed and 85 terrorists were killed” in the last 24 hours in al-Juba, south of Marib, and al-Qassara, north of the city, the alliance said in a statement broadcast by the official Saudi SPA news agency. Saudi Arabia uses the term “terrorists” when referring to Shiite rebels close to Iran, its main rival in the region.

For several days now, the alliance has been reporting tens to hundreds of guerrilla deaths on its air strikes on a daily basis; .

More than 1,800 insurgents have been killed in airstrikes in the past two weeks in Marib, according to alliance accounts.

Despite their heavy losses, however, the Houthis continue to advance.

A few days ago, the UN Security Council called for a new “escalation” of the fighting in order to avoid “the growing danger of large-scale famine” in the country.

The conflict of more than seven years has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people, most of them civilians, and displaced millions more, according to international aid organizations. According to the UN, Yemen has sunk in recent years into the worst humanitarian catastrophe on the planet.

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