The Houthis (Ansar Allah) continue to advance towards the city of Ma’rib in central Yemen despite facing fierce resistance from the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies.
On November 4, the Yemeni group’s fighters captured Umm Reesh military camp, which is located some 35 kilometers to the south of Ma’rib, from Saudi-backed forces. The camp was the homes base of the pro-Saudi 115th Infantry Brigade of the Yemeni Armed Forces.
Umm Reesh was the last military camp of Saudi-backed forces in southern Ma’rib. The camp was evacuated following a large attack by the Houthis.
A few hours after the fall of Umm Reesh camp, a ballistic missile struck the Republican Palace in the heart of Ma’rib city. The attack was attributed to the Houthis. No casualties were reported, however. A day earlier a similar attack targeted communication towers to the west of the Saudi-held city.
The Saudi-led coalition stepped up its airstrikes on Houthi forces in Ma’rib in the last few weeks. However, it failed to halt or even slow down the group’s advance.
At their current pace, the Houthis may reach the southern outskirts of Ma’rib city within a few weeks. Saudi-backed forces in the province, who have been battling the Houthis for well over eight months now, appear to be on the brink of complete collapse.