Houthi rebels and Yemeni armed forces clashed in several areas of Marib on Thursday, August 13, and Friday, August 14, as Houthi forces reportedly attempt to advance on the city. Houthi forces are allegedly advancing on several fronts, namely Al Nudud northeast of Marib, Majzar district in the northwest, and Al-Khadkara in the northwest. Reports indicate that military forces have repelled the Houthi advance in Al Nudud and Majzar, but clashes continue in Al-Khadkara. There have been no confirmed reports of casualty figures at this time, although some sources have suggested that multiple Houthi rebels were killed in clashes Al-Khadkara.
Further fighting between the two forces is possible in the coming days.
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.
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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