As many as 90 combatants were killed on Friday in fierce battles west of Marib province, home to over 2 million IDPs, which is the government’s last stronghold in north Yemen.
Marib is witnessing the heaviest fighting between government forces and the Iran-backed Houthi militia since the outbreak of the war in 2015, resulting in many casualties from both sides.
On Friday alone, 32 were killed from government forces and allied local tribes, while 58 militants were killed by government forces and air strikes launched by the Saudi-led coalition, AFP reported, citing government sources.
The ongoing fighting poses a grave risk to millions of civilians and IDPs in Marib, amid international calls on Houthis to halt their assault on the city
Meanwhile, fighting also erupted between government forces and Houthi rebels in Taiz province, where government forces managed to liberate large swaths west of the province, including 6 villages and strategic sites as clashes continue in the eastern parts of the nearly six-year besieged city of Taiz.