The war situation in the war-torn Yemeni region of Marib has intensified. At least 53 people have been killed in clashes between pro-Mansour Hadi government forces and Houthi rebels.
The historic Yemeni region of Marib is of great importance to the internationally recognized Mansour Hadi government and the pro-Iranian Houthi militia. In the battle for control, pro-Hadi forces face stiff resistance from Houthi militia fighters.
The Houthi militia has the support of the Tehran government. On the other hand, the Saudi-led military alliance is supporting the Mansour Hadi government.
According to observers, the war situation in Yemen has become a “proxy war” between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
The war-torn Yemeni region of Marib is 120 kilometres or 75 miles west of the capital, Sanaa. The area is also key because of its oil reserves. The Houthi militia is trying to seize the area and has taken control of some southwestern areas in the latest war.
The occupation was confirmed by pro-Hadi forces. The confirmation also states that there is currently no possibility of a Houthi militia attacking the city of Marib.
Fifty-three people have been killed in the fighting in Marib. A statement from the Hadi government’s army has come to light regarding the killings.
According to the statement, 22 of its soldiers have been killed in the past 24 hours and 31 Houthi militia fighters have been killed.
The Houthi militia has rarely commented on its casualties, and the 31 dead have not been confirmed. Many people on both sides have been injured in the fighting, but neither side has commented on the occasion. Ninety people were killed in clashes in March this year.
The Houthi militia had rejected Saudi Arabia’s offer of a complete ceasefire in Yemen. The second job militia has also recently stepped up missile and drone strikes on Saudi Arabia.
The pro-Iranian militia is demanding the lifting of its air blockade as well as the reopening of ports. US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken has also called on Houthi militias to stop their attacks.
The United Nations has also called on both sides to reduce hostilities and condemned the use of underage troops in Marib.
The way the Houthi militia is advancing in this fierce battle, if it continues, will be a major blow to the Mansour Hadi government.
Similarly, the strength of the Saudi military alliance will be severely hurt. The Hadi government is currently conducting its government operations in the port city of Aden.
It is important for the parties to this war, but it will also exacerbate the human tragedy in Yemen. Thousands more will be displaced. There are about 140 camps in the area, where two million people have taken refuge.