Thirty-seven Yemeni rebels and pro-government soldiers have been killed as fighting intensifies in the key Yemeni city of Marib, military and medical sources said Monday.
Saudi-led coalition airstrikes have targeted Iranian-backed individuals. Houthi rebels, Who have intensified their attack on the last northern stronghold of the government.
Hundreds of fighters have been killed this month as the Houthis renewed their campaign for the oil-rich province’s capital.
“Forty-eight Houthi rebels and nine loyalists have been killed in fighting and airstrikes in Marb and Shabwa provinces in the past 24 hours,” military sources told AFP, citing figures confirmed by medical sources.
Insurgents rarely announce their deaths.
The Saudi-led coalition has carried out more than 20 airstrikes in the past 24 hours, according to military sources who spoke on condition of anonymity.
He added that he targeted Houthi vehicles, meeting points and reinforcements in Shabwa and Marib.
The Houthis initially stepped up their efforts to seize Marib in February, hoping to seize the region’s oil resources and strengthen their position in peace talks.
Marb sits at a crossroads between southern and northern areas, about 120 to 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of the rebel-held capital Sanaa, and is key to controlling northern Yemen.
The war, which began in 2014 after the Houthi occupation of the capital Sanaa, has killed tens of thousands of people and left millions homeless.
About 80 to 80 percent. Yemen30 million people are dependent on aid, which the United Nations has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.