Offbeat Yemen: At least 96 deaths in battles near the city of Marib
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United Nations emissary for Yemen urged this week the forces at the presence in this country to accept the peace plan it recently submitted to them. But on the ground, the war is raging: at least 96 people in the last 48 hours in violent fighting between Loyalist forces and Houthis rebels. These are trying to seize the city of Marib, a strategic locality.
Marib is located 120 kilometers from Sanaa, the capital of Yemen. The Shiite Houthis rebels control Sanaa for years while Marib is the last government bastion in this northern part of the country.
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Since the month of February, the Houthie rebellion is at the offensive and progresses on the edge of the city, at the price of murderer fighting.
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This military episode occurs in a particular context: the new American administration wants the end of the war in Yemen, where six Years of armed intervention from the coalition commissioned by Saudi Arabia have plunged into the country into chaos and humanitarian disaster, but without ever reaching back the houthis rebels supported by Iran.
The United Nations on their side have developed a plan that includes a ceasefire, humanitarian aid and indispensable peace negotiations. But for now it is always the weapons that speak in Yemen.
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