At least 50 killed in fighting for Yemen's Marib: military sources

At least 50 killed in fighting for Yemen's Marib: military sources
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26 September, 2021
More Houthi rebels and pro-government troops have died in Yemen's flashpoint city of Marib as fighting intensifies in the region.
Hundreds have died in fighting over Marib [Getty]

At least 50 Houthi rebels and Yemeni pro-government troops have been killed as fighting intensifies for the key city of Marib, military sources said on Sunday.

Hundreds of people have died this month alone after the Iran-backed militants renewed their assault on Marib, the government's last stronghold in the oil-rich north.

"In the past 48 hours, 43 Houthi fighters were killed mostly in coalition airstrikes" west of Marib, a military source told AFP, while another source said at least seven loyalists died in fighting.

About 400 people have been reported dead in clashes in September for Marib, following a lull in fighting in the region.

The Houthis initially escalated their efforts to seize Marib in February, hoping to seize control of the region's oil resources and strengthen their position in peace talks.

Fighting has gripped Yemen for years, killing tens of thousands and leaving about 80% of the population dependent on aid, in what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.