The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen said today, Saturday, that it carried out an operation targeting a Houthi site where boats are being assembled and booby-trapped at the coastal camp of Al-Jabbana in Hodeidah (western Yemen), while the battles between the Yemeni army and the Houthis continue in the south of Ma'rib Governorate (in the north of the country).

The coalition stated that it destroyed 4 booby-trapped boats in the Al-Jabbana camp, north of the city of Hodeidah, "which were prepared to carry out hostile operations and imminent attacks." Bombed and remotely controlled by the Houthis.

The Houthis have previously targeted coalition ships in several areas in the Red Sea.

On the other hand, the Ansar Allah Houthi group stated that the coalition warplanes launched 3 raids on the city of Hodeidah, considering this a "flagrant violation" of the Sweden agreement.

Marib battles

In Marib Governorate, battles continue between the army forces, backed by tribesmen, and Houthi militias in several areas south of the strategic oil province, and local sources said that the Yemeni army regained control of sites south of the Naga area, while the Houthis are trying to reach a main road between the districts of Juba and Jabal Murad. .

Last week, the Houthis took control of the districts of Abdiya and Harib in the Marib governorate, while fighting is still going on in Juba and Jabal Murad, and security has been tightened in the city of Ma'rib, and checkpoints and patrols have been deployed as the Houthis move to besiege it, and Marib is 120 km west of the capital, Sana'a.

Marib Governorate is the only remaining stronghold of the internationally recognized government in northern Yemen.

Continuing displacement

On the humanitarian side, local sources stated that displacement operations are still continuing to the city of Ma’rib and Al-Wadi district, and there is an acute shortage of urgent aid. The sources indicated that the Houthis are imposing a complete closure on the Al-Abdiyya district after controlling it, and they refuse to allow humanitarian aid to arrive.

Yesterday, Friday, Minister of Information Muammar Al-Eryani warned of an imminent humanitarian tragedy due to the increased displacement in the governorates of Ma'rib and Shabwa (southeast), resulting from the continued Houthi bombing of residential gatherings and camps for the displaced.

Al-Eryani added that more than 20,000 people have been displaced from Marib and Shabwa since the beginning of last September.

Since the beginning of last February, the Houthis have intensified their attacks on Marib to control the most important strongholds of the government and the headquarters of the Ministry of Defense. The governorate includes oil and gas wealth, and a natural gas-fired power plant that before the war supplied most of the governorates with electricity.

Yemen has been witnessing a war, for nearly 7 years, that has killed more than 233,000 people, and 80% of its population - numbering about 30 million people - has become dependent on aid, in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the United Nations.

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