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More than 150 Houthis killed, injured in Yemen’s Abedia: Arab coalition

Fighters loyal to Yemen’s government ride a pickup truck on their way to a position near the frontline facing the Iran-backed Houthi militia in the northeastern province of Marib, on Oct. 17, 2021. (AFP)
Fighters loyal to Yemen’s government ride a pickup truck on their way to a position near the frontline facing the Iran-backed Houthi militia in the northeastern province of Marib, on Oct. 17, 2021. (AFP)
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19 Oct 2021 11:10:32 GMT9
19 Oct 2021 11:10:32 GMT9
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Arab News

RIYADH: The Arab coalition said on Monday that it carried out 38 operations targeting the Houthi militia in Abedia and the surrounding villages in the Yemeni governorate of Marib.

The coalition said more than 150 militia members were killed and 13 Houthi vehicles destroyed in the operations in the previous 24 hours.

The coalition said that “international organizations must assume their responsibilities toward the civilians (who have been) trapped in Abedia” for weeks.

The Iran-backed Houthi militia mounted a brutal offensive in February to take control of one of the last remaining government strongholds. The energy-rich region has served as a safe haven for internally displaced people fleeing the fighting since the conflict began in 2014.

The Arab coalition began hitting Houthi targets in Abedia last week following an escalation in the militia’s incursions.

This comes as Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak warned of the “dangerous repercussions” of the Houthis’ escalating offensive on civilians and displaced people in Marib governorate.

His comments came during a meeting with the chief of the International Organization for Migration’s mission for Yemen, Christa Rottensteiner.

Bin Mubarak said that the. Houthis’ military escalation “exacerbates the difficult humanitarian conditions of the displaced, especially in the Marib governorate, which is home to more than two million displaced people.”

He also warned that “the international community’s disregard for such practices unleashes the Houthis to commit more violence and violations against civilians, which compounds the displacement crisis, forces displacement of civilians, and increases their human suffering.”

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