9 killed in Saudi-led airstrikes on Houthi rebels in central Yemen: source

Source: Xinhua| 2021-06-16 00:33:05|Editor: huaxia

SANAA, June 15 (Xinhua) -- The Saudi-led coalition launched on Tuesday airstrikes against a group of Houthi officers who were having a meeting in Yemen's central province of Marib, killing at least nine of the rebels, a Yemeni government military source told Xinhua.

"The meeting was in a safe house in the area of al-Ghado in Sirwah district," the source said on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, the Houthi-run al-Masirah TV reported four coalition airstrikes on two houses in Sirwah, without providing further details.

The Saudi-led Arab coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict in March 2015 to support the Yemeni government, nearly six months after the Iran-backed Houthi militia forced it out of the capital Sanaa.

The Houthis began in February a major offensive against the coalition-backed government army to capture the oil-rich province of Marib, which hosts nearly 2 million internally displaced people.

The United Nations has warned that the offensive on Marib could lead to a major humanitarian catastrophe.

On Friday, a high-level Omani delegation wrapped up a week-long visit to Sanaa as part of the international diplomatic efforts to convince the Houthi group to accept a recent UN-proposed cease-fire. Enditem