Houthi forces reported casualties from Saudi heavy weapons fire today.
The Houthi-affiliated Yemen News Agency, aka SABA, reported that the “Saudi enemy” fired artillery shells at a border area in Sa’dah province. One civilian was killed and three people were injured in the incident, according to the report.
Meanwhile, the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen today said it bombed a Houthi training site in the besieged province of Marib, killing 60 fighters, according to Saudi media. Al-Arabiya reported.
The Yemeni civil war began in 2014 between the internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and Houthi forces. A Saudi-led military coalition backs the government, while the Houthis are backed by Iran. The war is often described as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Yemen also experienced a civil war in 1994 between north and south. Houthi forces are predominantly Zaidi Shia, while the rest of the country is predominantly Sunni Muslim. Both sides have been accused of war crimes
Houthi forces control northwest of Yemen and the capital Sana’a. The government and its nominal ally, the Southern Transitional Council, which supports southern autonomy, hold most other areas. Houthi forces also sometimes launch attacks in Saudi Arabia.
Marib province in particular has recently seen heavy fighting as Houthi forces attempted to take the eponymous town.
The war in Yemen is regularly called the world’s worst humanitarian disaster by human rights groups. The United Nations warned last week that more Yemenis will die by the end of the year due to lack of access to food and water.