RIYADH: The Saudi-led military coalition supporting Yemen's government said on Sunday it had killed at least 165 Huthi rebels in strikes south of Marib, as the battle for the strategic city rages, reports AFP.
The strikes "destroyed 10 military vehicles and killed more than 165" rebels in the past 24 hours in the Abdiya district, the coalition said in a statement cited by the official Saudi Press Agency.
The Huthis rarely comment on losses and the tolls could not be independently verified by AFP.
The Huthis began a major push to seize Marib, the internationally recognised government's last bastion in oil-rich northern Yemen, in February, and have renewed their offensive in recent weeks after a lull. The Huthis said on Twitter Sunday that they had taken control of several fronts around Marib, including Abdiya, which lies about 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of the city.
The Yemeni civil war began in 2014 when the Huthis seized the capital Sanaa, 120 kilometres (75 miles) west of Marib, prompting Saudi-led forces to intervene to prop up the government the following year.