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200 Houthis killed in Arab Coalition’s Airstrike

Fri 28 Jan 2022 | 09:51 AM
Ahmad El-Assasy

The Arab Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen announced on Thursday that airstrikes on the provinces of Marib, Al-Bayda, and Taiz killed more than 190 Houthis.

According to the coalition, 29 military vehicles were also destroyed in the recent 24 hours of operations.

A local military officer told Arab News that dozens of Houthis were killed in Marib province on Wednesday as government troops pushed into a new region in Abedia district for the first time in months, adding to the province's recent military victories.

On Thursday, the Saud Arabia-led coalition in Yemen announced that it is investigating an airstrike on a detention facility there that killed dozens of people.

The strike last week on the prison in the north of the country was one of the deadliest single attacks in the yearslong war between the Arab Coalition and the Houthi rebels. It came as hostilities have increased in recent weeks.

In a statement posted on Saudi Arabia’s state news portal, the coalition´s Joint Incident Assessment Team said it has been gathering information since reports first emerged of the prison being targeted on Jan. 21.

The body did not say whether it was Arab Coalition planes that carried out the airstrike, as the Houthis have alleged. The Arab Coalition did announce a campaign of attacks elsewhere in Yemen in the days around the strike.

The international aid group Doctors Without Borders said earlier this week that at least 87 people were killed and some 266 were injured in the attack on the detention center in the province of Saada.

Yemen´s conflict began in 2014, when the Iran-backed Houthis took the capital, Sanaa, and much of northern Yemen, forcing the government to flee to the south, then into exile in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi-led coalition, backed at the time by the U.S., entered the war months later to try restoring the government to power.

Shifting front lines on the ground have resulted in escalating attacks in recent weeks, after United Arab Emirates-backed forces have made gains in the contested province of Marib, which the Houthis have been trying to take for more than a year. The Arab Coalition airstrikes came after Houthis struck inside the UAE twice with missiles and drones, killing three in a strike near the Abu Dhabi international airport. The Houthis have also fired missiles into the Saudi border areas.

The attacks threaten the business-friendly, tourism-focused efforts of the Emirates, a federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula also home to Dubai. New U.S. State Department guidance issued Thursday called on Americans to “reconsider travel” to the UAE “due to the threat of missile or drone attacks.”