The Houthis have made territorial gains in Marib despite coalition airstrikes and fierce battles inflicting damages on both sides.
Two officials from pro-government forces say that the rebels were mounting a concerted push that had left 26 loyalist soldiers dead as well as 44 from Houthi ranks.
The fighting in Marib has left 32 dead among government forces and loyalist tribes, while 58 Houthi rebels have been killed in coalition air strikes, government military sources say.
Yemen’s internationally recognised government has welcomed US President Biden’s renewed efforts to end the region’s conflict, sentiments echoed by Iran-backed Houthis as grinding six-year war perpetuates world’s “worst humanitarian disaster”.
Representatives from both sides initially started talks on releasing 1,420 prisoners but a deal to exchange 1,081 prisoners has been reached.
The sudden spike in violence across long-stalemated front lines threatened to exacerbate the five-year conflict and complicate indirect peace talks between Saudi Arabia and the Iran-backed rebels.
The Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen targeted areas around the capital Sanaa, sources say, a day after a Houthi missile attack on an airport in southern Saudi Arabia.
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