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07 Sep 2020 | 05:38 PM UTC

Yemen: Pro-government troops clash with Houthi rebels in Al Jawf province September 6

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Pro-government forces clash with Houthi rebels resulting in 24 fatalities in Al Jawf province on September 6; further clashes likely in near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/7/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/9/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Aden). COUNTRY/REGION Al-Jawf province

Event

At least 24 people were killed in clashes which occurred between pro-government fighters and Houthi rebels in the northwestern Al-Jawf province on Sunday night, September 5. According to media sources, 16 Houthi rebels and eight government fighters were killed after government forces attempted to recapture positions lost to the rebels several months ago. It is currently unclear exactly where the clashes occurred and reports suggest that 40 rebels were captured by the government troops during their operation.

Separately, heavy fighting was also reported in neighbouring Marib province, in the Mahliya district, which resulted in further casualties, though the details of which are not yet confirmed.

Further military operations and retaliatory attacks are likely in the around Al-Jawf and other areas in the near term.

Context

Yemen is engaged in a complex and multifaceted conflict, ongoing since 2015 when Houthi rebels entered a civil war with the Yemeni government, which is supported by a Saudi-led coalition. Houthi rebels have launched hundreds of missile, rocket, and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks targeting coalition forces and civilian population centers in the west and center of the country, particularly around Marib, throughout the conflict. Although many of these have been intercepted by coalition air defenses, hundreds of civilians have been killed in Houthi missile strikes.

Advice

Due to poor security conditions, many Western governments strongly advise their citizens against all travel to Yemen. Travel to the country should only be considered with proper security protocols in place. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

 

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