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Yemen: Houthis close to Marib city after tribe switches sides

Houthi forces have made new advances on Marib city, the last stronghold of the internationally recognised government in north Yemen, amid fierce battles in the oil-rich province this week.

The Houthis seized the district of Jabal Murad peacefully late on Wednesday, following the withdrawal of tribal fighters and pro-government forces. Jabal Murad was the last line of defence for neighbouring al-Juba district, at the border of which battles are currently ongoing, bringing the Houthis closer to the nearby Marib city.

The Ansar Allah [Houthi] military spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Sarie confirmed that their forces took over both Al-Juba and Jabal Murad districts, adding that the Murad tribe, one of the most powerful tribes in Yemen, had played a major role in their latest advances.

Sarie said that the Houthis’ objective is to capture Marib city, which the movement claims to have almost encircled, vowing to secure its residents and their properties.

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