More than 156 Houthi rebels were killed and eight military vehicles were destroyed in an operation in Abdiya, south of Marib, says the Saudi-led coalition fighting the militants in Yemen.
The intensified fighting for the northern city leaves at least 50 Houthi rebels and Yemeni pro-government troops dead. The continuing clashes have reportedly claimed around 400 lives in September.
World Food Program is running out of money again and without new funding reductions will be made in rations for 3.2 million people in October and for 5 million by December, warns WFP chief David Beasley.
Debris from interception of three missiles and three drones scattered across eastern city Dammam, wounding two children and damaging 14 houses, says Saudi Defence Ministry.
Sources with the internationally recognised government say that 16 soldiers from their ranks were killed, including six officers.
Information minister has written in a Twitter post that the Houthis fired two ballistic missiles and two armed drones and had hit a mosque, a commercial centre and a women's correctional facility as well as ambulances rushing to the scene.
Meanwhile, Yemen's Houthi rebels said they had attacked and hit a military air base in southern Saudi Arabia with a drone, but the Saudi-led coalition fighting the group said it had intercepted and destroyed an armed drone fired into the kingdom.
Two officials from pro-government forces say that the rebels were mounting a concerted push that had left 26 loyalist soldiers dead as well as 44 from Houthi ranks.
The loss of Marib would be a heavy blow for the Yemeni government, currently based in the southern city of Aden, and for its Saudi backers.
Protesters say they are angry over a lack of services and delayed salaries, urging the UN to pressure the government into implementing economic reforms.
Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik and other members of the internationally recognised government remain holed up inside the building in the interim capital, two Yemeni officials say.
More than 88 million people were suffering from “acute hunger” at the end of 2020 due to conflict and instability, a 20 percent increase in one year, says UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at UNSC meeting.
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