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Yemen’s Huthis will tighten their grip on Marib city

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Significance

The coalition supports the internationally recognised government of President Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi. However, the credibility of pro-Hadi forces has been sapped by the Huthis’ major territorial gains since February, especially over the past two months.

Impacts

  • The Huthis’ territorial gains will complicate efforts to provide aid to the million internally displaced persons living in Marib.
  • With attacks on pumping stations ongoing, fighting in Shabwa and Marib could further damage oil and gas infrastructure.
  • The weakening military position of the Hadi government will contribute to the further erosion of its already limited role in southern Yemen.
  • The military standoff and steady improvement in the Huthis’ Iran-supplied drone technology will in the long run push Riyadh towards a deal.
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