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160 Yemen rebels killed in battle for Marib, says Saudi-led coalition: report

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Houthi rebels rarely comment on damages (Representational)

Riyadh:

The Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen’s government said on Saturday it had killed 160 Houthi rebels in attacks south of the strategic city of Marib, where loyalists say the rebels have made progress.

Quoting the official Saudi Press Agency, the coalition said, “We carried out 32 attacks in Abdiya in the last 24 hours…” The coalition said, “11 military vehicles were destroyed and more than 160 terrorist elements were eliminated “.

Rebels rarely comment on the damage and the toll could not be independently confirmed by AFP.

The coalition says air strikes in the Battle of Marib have killed more than 700 Iran-backed rebels since Monday.

Abdia is about 100 kilometers (60 mi) from Marib, the last leg of the internationally recognized government to the north.

A loyal source told AFP that the rebels are now “in the center of the Abdia district after a four-week siege”.

The official said the rebels had “kidnapped, imprisoned and abused” members of Yemeni tribes supporting pro-government forces.

About 20 loyal soldiers and tribals have been killed and 47 injured in the last 24 hours, the official said.

Another military officer paid the same toll.

The Houthis began a major push to capture Marib in February and, after a lull, they resumed their offensive in recent weeks.

According to the United Nations Migration Agency, tens of thousands of people have been displaced in the province this year, with about 10,000 displaced in September alone.

The Yemeni civil war began in 2014 when the Houthis captured the capital, Sanaa, 120 kilometers (75 mi) west of Marib, forcing Saudi-led forces to intervene the following year to support the government.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced in what the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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