Middle East

At least 100 militants killed in Yemen clashes

17:22, 29 September 2021
At least 100 militants killed in Yemen clashes

Over 100 militants have been killed during the clashes between Iran-backed Houthi militia and pro-government troops for the last two days over fighting for the city of Marib.

Marib is located on crossroads between the southern and northern regions and is considered the main point to control Yemen’s North and oil fields.

Houthis intensified their assaults on the center of the northern government stronghold while the Arab Coalition started artillery shelling.

The Houthis have been attempting to take over Marib back in February to get control over the oil-rich province.

On September 18, the Houthi movement announced that it executed nine people due to their alleged participation in the murder of Saleh al-Sammad who was the leader of the group at the time.

The Houthis have also found former US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman guilty and sentenced them to death.

The nine men who were among the 17 accused of Al-Sammad’s killing were executed at a square in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa.

On September 23, the Arab Coalition announced that Saudi Arabia had destroyed three drones carrying explosives and a ballistic missile aiming at the Jazan region.

Saudi Arabia organized the military coalition and intervened in Yemen after the Houthis had taken over the government in 2014 and gained control of the northern part of the country.

The Houthis presumably enjoy the covert support of Iran and its ally Hezbollah party.  

The war becomes a stalemate and none of the parties can achieve victory as the total number of victims is estimated at approximately 230,000, most of them were civilians. Millions of residents have also been displaced. The region is suffering from a grave humanitarian crisis, dubbed the worst in history by the UN.