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Yemen Military Spokesman to Asharq Al-Awsat: Marib is Secure, Houthis are Surrounded

Yemen Military Spokesman to Asharq Al-Awsat: Marib is Secure, Houthis are Surrounded

Friday, 5 March, 2021 - 06:00
A pro-government tribal fighter sits in a position where he fights against the Houthis in Marib, Yemen October 2, 2020. (Reuters)

The Yemeni army said that the central Marib province was completely “secured and stable” despite the intense offensive launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militias for over two weeks.

Military spokesman Abdo Majali told Asharq Al-Awsat that tribal members have joined the frontlines to fend off the offensive, leaving the Houthis surrounded.

“Marib will not yield to the terrorist Houthi coup militias and the situation there is a 100 percent reassuring,” he stressed.

“Men from various tribes and provinces are defending Marib, the revolution and republic, with air cover from the Arab coalition,” he went on to say.

Moreover, he said that the military has shifted from defensive to offensive positions on several fronts, turning the table on the Houthis.

“The Houthis have been defeated in Marib after our forces resorted to tactical operations, such as the element of surprise,” he continued.

Confronted with successive losses, the Houthis have resorted to launching ballistic missiles and armed drones on Marib city and Saudi Arabia, Majali added, slamming the militias for their violations of international law and saying their actions are equal to war crimes.

“The militias are pushing all of their followers to the death trap and destruction in Marib, especially on the Murad, Sirwah, Helan, al-Mashjah, al-Kasara and al-Makhrdra fronts,” he remarked.

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