UN: More than 150 Houthi rebels are reported killed in Yemen

More than 150 Houthi rebels are reported killed in Yemen. It comes after a military operation south of Marib, the Saudi-led coalition, which supports Yemen’s internationally recognized government, said.

The area around Marib is the last northern bastion of government forces. It has been a focal point during the recent fighting in the country. If the rebels gain control of the oil – rich region, they will stand stronger in peace talks. Hundreds of soldiers and Iranian-backed insurgents have been killed. Most recently, intense airstrikes by the coalition have claimed the lives of 156 rebels.

’33 airstrikes have been carried out in the last 24 hours in the Abdiya district. 156 rebels have been killed. Eight military vehicles have been destroyed, “said a statement from the official Saudi news agency.

Government forces have lost 17 men in the past 24 hours, a military source told AFP.

The UN said Monday that nearly 400,000 children are at risk of suffering a looming famine in Yemen, where the war is making a desperate situation for the civilian population worse.

“After seven years of war, 20 million people, two thirds of the population, need help,” said UN humanitarian coordinator Yemen David Gressly.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions have been forced away from their homes during the conflict. It began in 2014 when the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels occupied the capital Sanaa. The war is largely seen as a struggle for power in the Arabian Peninsula between the regional powers Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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