Iran-backed rebels advance towards Yemeni oil fields
UPDATED 12:10 PM PT – Friday, September 24, 2021
Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen are continuing an offensive against government forces and they are getting close to the nation’s oil fields. On Thursday, the Houthis approached the city of Marib in northwestern Yemen, some 100 miles away from the capital of Sanaa. The Marib region is the government’s last northern stronghold and is responsible for Yemen’s biggest gas fields.
The Saudi-backed government is now making efforts to stop the Houthi offensive. While, the rebels have also ramped up military activities in the southern part of the country as they seek to overthrow government control of densely populated areas.
“The vast military operation caused the liberation of vast areas in Marib governorate and roll back the mercenaries from inside these areas,” said a spokesman for the Houthi military, Yahya Sarea. “Secondly, in the details of the operation, after issuing the operational order, the military units began carrying out their missions.”
Houthi rebels in Yemen say they have made new advances against government forces in the Shabwah province pic.twitter.com/383ICDJjpf
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Reports found Iran has significantly increased support for the Houthis since Joe Biden took office in January, leading to an escalation in Yemeni fighting.