Dozens dead as Houthi offensive in Yemen's north escalates

Fighting in Yemen’s north has left dozens dead and wounded, a government source said Friday, as Houthi rebels battle to seize a strategic oil-rich region. Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis have resumed an offensive to seize Marib, the government’s last northern stronghold, with reports of heavy clashes with pro-government forces, including air strikes pounding a rebel convoy. “Dozens of people have been killed and wounded on both sides,” a government source told AFP, claiming that “most of the deaths were Houthis hit by air strikes.” The loss of Marib would be disastrous for the beleaguered leadersh…

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