The Arab coalition engaged in Yemen has recaptured several areas in the energy-producing provinces of Marib and Shabwa to push back the advances of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia in bitter fighting that has hampered UN-led peace efforts .
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Battles have intensified since the start of the year after the coalition sent reinforcements to Shabwa, where Houthi incursions cut off access to the last internationally recognized northern government stronghold in Marib.
Marib, in central Yemen, has been at the center of the Seven Year War for more than a year. The government owns the main city of the province and the nearby oil and gas infrastructure.
Pro-coalition Yemeni forces, including the Giants Brigade, have restored control of parts of Assilan to Shabwa and are moving towards Bayhan. Dozens of people were killed on both sides in the fighting last week, two military sources told Reuters.
Pro-government fighters have also retaken some areas on the southern and western outskirts of Marib town, three other military and tribal sources said.
The city of Marib is home to three million people, including nearly a million who fled other parts of Yemen after the Houthis overthrew the government in the capital, Sana’a, in late 2014, prompting the coalition to intervene for months longer. late.
Coalition warplanes carried out intense airstrikes in Yemen, including against Houthi military targets in the capital Sana’a. The group, meanwhile, continued its cross-border drone and missile attacks against Saudi cities.
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