65 dead in fighting as Houthi rebels step up offensive on Yemen’s Marib

Sixty-five combatants have been killed in fighting after Yemen’s Huthi rebels renewed an offensive on Marib, the last government stronghold in the country’s oil-rich north, a military official said Thursday. The Iran-backed rebels attacked pro-government positions south of the strategic city, making progress despite losing dozens of fighters in coalition air strikes. It was the Huthis’ first major offensive on Marib, the key to controlling the region, since June, when 111 fighters on both sides died in three days of clashes.