13 Houthis killed in Saudi-led airstrike in Yemen's Marib: source

Source: Xinhua| 2021-08-10 18:19:07|Editor: huaxia

SANAA, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Thirteen Houthis were killed in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Yemen's central province of Marib late on Monday night, a medical source at a public hospital in the Houthi-held capital Sanaa said.

"High-ranking military officials were among the 13 killed...they were brought from the frontline of Rahabah district to the mortuary in Tuesday morning," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, the media center of the pro-government Armed Forces tweeted early Tuesday that an airstrike launched by the Saudi-led coalition late on Monday targeted a meeting of the Houthi militia in Rahabah district southwest of Marib.

The Houthi-run al-Masirah TV reported four Saudi-led airstrikes on Monday night on Rahabah and the adjacent district of Sirwah without providing further details.

The Yemeni government forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition have pushed out the Houthis from much of the strategic Rahabah district.

The Houthis began in February a major offensive on Marib in an attempt to seize control of the oil-rich province, the government's last northern stronghold.

Yemen's civil war flared up in late 2014 when the Iran-backed Houthi group seized control of much of the country's north and forced the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi out of Sanaa.

The Saudi-led Arab coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict in March 2015 to support Hadi's government. Enditem

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