Saudi-led coalition says 218 rebels killed around Yemen’s Marib

The Saudi-led military coalition backing the government in Yemen says more than 218 Houthi rebels were killed in airstrikes around the strategic city of Marib.

The Iran-backed Houthis rarely comment on losses, and AFP could not independently verify the toll.

“Twenty-four military vehicles were destroyed and more than 218” insurgents were killed in strikes in the past 72 hours in Al-Jawba, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Marib, and Al-Kassara, 30 kilometers northwest, the coalition said, according to the official Saudi Press Agency, which has since October 11 issued near-daily reports of bombing around the government’s last stronghold in northern Yemen.

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