Yemen extremists escalate Marib war despite UNSC’s fresh ceasefire call

Yemen extremists escalate Marib war despite UNSC’s fresh ceasefire call

The Shiit extremist militia of Houthis have stepped up their ongoing offensive on the government-held Marib province despite a fresh Security Council’s call, in a resolution, “for de-escalation across Yemen and a nationwide cease-fire.”

The armed forces killed and injured at least 140 militants and destroyed several military vehicles as it repelled a massive hours-long attack by the Houthi Iranian-trained “Death Battalion” on Al-Balaq mountains in Serwah front west of Marib.

The Houthi attack started hours after Thursday’s Security Council resolution and continued into Saturday morning aiming to wrest control of strategic hilltops that overlook the Marib Dam.

The militants also launched “a fierce assault on Alkassarah, Mas, Madghal and several other fronts and scores of casualties were incurred in both sides.

They militia fired 10 ballistic missiles into Marib city from Friday morning to 5:00 am on Saturday.

The militia which has been launching non-stopping offensives to invade Marib since the beginning of the war in 2015 intensified its bloody attempts from the beginning of 2020. In the latest offensive that began in on 6 February, 2021, seven thousand attackers have been neutralized by the army and hundreds were killed and injured in the army’ s side and civilians were badly affected.  

Yemeni critics say UN’s informal pressures – like rhetorical warnings - against the army’s legitimate advances are effective and result in the Houthi retention of control over cities, while the world body’s more formal resolutions that call for ending the Houthi coup and savage military campaigns usually bear no fruit.  

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