Over 260 Yemen rebels killed: Saudi-led coalition...

Dhaka, Tuesday   30 November 2021

Over 260 Yemen rebels killed: Saudi-led coalition

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 10:28 AM, 25 October 2021  

Photo: Collected

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

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.

It was not possible to independently verify the death toll, and the Iran-aligned Houthis rarely comment on losses.

“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.

The attacks were carried out in Al-Jawba, 50km (30 miles) south of Marib, and Al-Kassara, 30km (17 miles) 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 Yemeni civil war began in 2014 when the Houthis seized the capital Sanaa, 120km (55 miles) 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 called on Wednesday 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.

The figure included only child victims whose fates were known to the organisation. - AFP