Yemeni government forces repel rebel attacks on key town

Yemeni forces on Monday repelled attacks by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels on multiple fronts, military officials said, as the insurgents intensified efforts to seize the government’s last northern stronghold. The Saudi-led military coalition – that has been backing the government against the Houthis since 2015 – pounded rebel positions with air strikes. Earlier this month, Houthi soldiers resumed an offensive to seize oil-rich Marib, some 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of the rebel-held capital Sanaa. The city’s loss would be disastrous for Yemen’s beleaguered leadership. Two military official…

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