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Yemen Houthi air defences knocked out in coalition air strikes

The strikes come as fighting rages in Marib, the last government-held province in Yemen's north

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The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen destroyed on Wednesday a “hostile aerial target”,belonging to the Iran-aligned Houthi forces in Yemen’s Marib city, Saudi state TV reported.

The Saudi state news agency showed a video on Twitter saying the coalition “destroyed an enemy air defence system type SAM-6, that belongs to the Houthis,” the agency said citing the coalition.

Smoke billows during clashes between forces loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed government and Houthi rebel fighters in Yemen's north-east province of Marib. AFP
Smoke billows during clashes between forces loyal to Yemen’s Saudi-backed government and Houthi rebel fighters in Yemen’s north-east province of Marib. AFP

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen destroyed on Wednesday a “hostile aerial target”, belonging to the Iran-aligned Houthi forces in Yemen’s Marib city, Saudi state TV reported.

The Saudi state news agency showed a video on Twitter saying the coalition “destroyed an enemy air defence system type SAM-6, that belongs to the Houthis,” the agency said citing the coalition.

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It also confirmed its support for the operations by the Yemeni national army and the tribes in Marib to advance and protect civilians.

The Houthis, who control Yemen’s most populous areas and have been battling the coalition since it intervened in Yemen’s civil war in March 2015, have recently pushed towards the gas-rich region of Marib, aiming to take the government’s last stronghold in the north of Yemen.

The Iran-aligned group has also stepped up cross-border missile and drone attacks into Saudi Arabia.

The escalation comes as the United States and the United Nations increase diplomatic efforts for a ceasefire to pave the way for a resumption of UN-sponsored political talks to end the conflict.

Earlier on Wednesday, two residents told Reuters that a missile strike targeted a military base in the outskirts of Marib, adding that sounds of ambulances could be heard rushing to the scene.

The base includes the building of the ministry of defence, they said.

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