On December 4, a large explosion rocked the Saudi-led coalition’s Tadawin camp in the central Yemeni province of Ma’rib.
Yemeni sources speculated that the explosion was caused by a Houthi missile strike. Last week, the Yemeni group, formally known as Ansar Allah, targeted the camp with a guided missile. Eight Saudi service members, including officers, were reportedly killed.
Houthi fighters are slowly closing in on the Tadawin camp. Clashes between the Yemeni fighters and Saudi-backed forces are taking place in the area of Raghwan, which is located 40 km to the west of the camp.
The Saudi-led coalition appears to be aware of the threat posed to the Tadawin camp. On December 4, the coalition withdrew some of its equipment from the camp.
In an attempt to place more pressure on the Houthis, the Saudi-led coalition is stepping up its airstrikes on Ma’rib and other parts of Yemen.
On December 4, coalition warplanes carried out 22 airstrikes on the following areas:
- The port city of al-Hudaydah;
- Sanaa International Airport;
- The districts of Baqim and al-Dhaher in Saada;
- The districts of Medghal, Majzar and al-Abdiyah in Ma’rib;
- The districts of Khabb wa al-Sha’af and al-Hazm in al-Jawf.
Despite the intense airstrikes, Saudi-backed forces continue to retreat in central Yemen and are failing to secure the border line with Saudi Arabia.
If the Houthis impose control of the Tadawin camp, the road will be open for them towards Ma’rib’s city center. The city is located only 10 km south of the camp. This would be another major blow for the Saudi-led coalition.
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