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Airstrikes in Yemen leave 264 rebels dead

Since 2014, pro-government forces have been waging war against the Houthis, supported by Iran.

Since 2014, pro-government forces have been waging war against the Houthis, supported by Iran.

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The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen claimed in the past three days, it killed 264 Houthi rebels, also known as Ansar Allah (Supporters of God), which adheres to a branch of Shiite Islam known as Zaidism.

According to information from international agencies, 88 operations were carried out against Houthi military positions and equipment in the last 72 hours in the Yemeni districts of Al Yubah and Al Kasara, in southern Marib.

According to analysts, Marib is the last bastion in the north of the government recognized by the international community, strategic for its wealth in oil and gas and for being a point of connection with other important cities in the south. If it falls into rebel hands, not only will the Houthis control the north, but this would facilitate the capture of other provinces, which is why the armed conflict in the area has claimed the lives of hundreds of victims.

Iran-backed Houthis have been fighting government forces for seven years. They have taken over most of the north of the country, including the capital, Sana’a, which they have controlled since 2014, in addition, they have maintained an offensive to control Marib for several months, and in mid-October they seized the Al Abdiya district, in the south of that province.

Even before the attack, the military spokesman for the rebels Yahya Saree had launched a call to continue the fighting, “If the enemy believes that its combat aircraft can impede the advance of our forces or break the determination of our soldiers, it is wrong.“.

He even assured that the Houthis killed 550 pro-government fightersHowever, the date or place of the attack is unknown.

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