Scores of rebels were killed in airstrikes after they renewed their attempt to capture the strategic city
Nearly 80 Yemen rebels and pro-government troops have been killed as fighting intensifies for the northern city of Marib, officials said Wednesday, nearly seven years into a war that has triggered a major humanitarian crisis.
Scores of Islamist rebels were killed in airstrikes after they renewed their attempt to capture the strategic city, the internationally recognized government's last outpost in the north, according to loyalists.
"Sixty Houthi rebels were killed -- most of them in air strikes conducted in the last 24 hours -- while 18 pro-government troops were killed and dozens injured in clashes over the past 48 hours," a government military official said.
The figures were confirmed by other military sources, while the rebels rarely report casualty numbers.
Battles between Yemen's government, which is backed by a Saudi-led military coalition, and the Iran-allied Huthi rebels have intensified in recent days in Marib province, according to the military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The latest fighting comes nearly seven years after the fall of Yemen's capital, Sanaa, to the rebels in September 2014, the start of a grinding war that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions.