According to military sources, at least 43 Houthi rebels were killed by Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen’s Marib Province in the last 24 hours.
According to Xinhua, a source from the Media Center of the Armed Forces of Marib, “The airstrikes targeted the rebel positions and gatherings, reinforcements, and frontlines in Sirwah district,” killing 43 people and destroying nine vehicles-mounted weapons.
He stated that the airstrikes were an answer to rebels’ ground attacks on (Yemeni Army) positions on the frontlines.
Al-Masirah TV, which is run by the Houthi-run group, reported that 19 Saudi-led airstrikes were conducted in Sirwah District. However they did not provide any further details.
The Houthis took control of Rahabah in southwestern Marib last week.
The Houthi militia launched an offensive against Marib in February to take control of Marib, the last northern stronghold under the Saudi-backed Yemeni government.
The civil war in Yemen erupted in 2014, when the Houthi rebel group took control of large swathes of Yemen’s north and drove President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s internationally recognized government from Sanaa.
In March 2015, a coalition of Arab nations led by Saudi Arabia intervened in Yemeni conflict to support Hadi’s government.