Houthi forces have rolled back their rivals’ recent gains, but still not been able to move on the central city of Marib. Amid this stalemate, a surprise truce and government shake-up may mean a new chance for peace.
Yemen’s internationally-recognized Hadi government has won a bit of breathing room in recent weeks, rolling back a swath of Houthi territory south of Marib, though Houthi forces still retain a foothold at the city’s doorstep.
The Houthi government has greatly expanded its control of the Red Sea coast after pro-Hadi forces withdrew from the long-contested port city of Hodeida.
The pro-Hadi coalition has successfully defended the central city of Marib, but Houthi forces have expanded elsewhere, securing full control of Bayda province and some surrounding areas.
Houthi forces have arrived within just a few kilometers of Marib city, the last major northern stronghold of the internationally-recognized Hadi government.
As the Houthis edge ever closer to Marib’s doorstep, they’ve also had their first major territorial loss in months, with supporters of President Hadi capturing areas near Taiz.
Forces of Yemen’s unrecognized Houthi government have advanced to the doorstep of Marib city, the largest remaining northern stronghold of the internationally-backed Hadi administration.
Houthi forces have continued gaining ground against both the Hadi government and Al Qaeda, while Hadi’s peace deal with southern separatists shows signs of life.
In the last two months, Houthi fighters have continued their gradual advance against forces loyal to the Saudi-backed, internationally-recognized government of President Hadi.
Yemen’s unrecognized Houthi government has captured ground both from Saudi-backed forces and from Al Qaeda and the so-called “Islamic State” (IS)