Saudi coalition strikes advancing Yemen rebels

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen said on Saturday it had launched air strikes in support of pro-government forces battling a quickening Houthi rebel advance on the northern city of Marib. The move came after a drone strike set a Riyadh oil refinery ablaze on Friday, in an attack claimed by the Houthis, as the rebels made major advances on Marib, seizing a strategic mountain. The dawn strike on the refinery was the second major assault this month on Saudi energy installations, highlighting an escalation of Yemen’s six-year conflict between the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and the Houthis, who…

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