Yemen government accuses rebels of using civilians as human shields

Yemen’s Saudi-backed government accused Houthi rebels Saturday of using civilians as human shields in their renewed offensive against its last major toehold in the north. Earlier this month, the Iran-backed rebels resumed a push to capture the city of Marib, 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of the rebel-held capital Sanaa. The city lies close to some of Yemen’s richest oil fields and its capture would be major prize for the rebels. But the fighting has raised fears for the hundreds of thousands of displaced civilians sheltering in camps in the surrounding desert that extends to the Saudi border….

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