The government of Yemen has banned civilian travel and there is military mobilization in Yemen’s eastern oil-rich province of Marib, now the site of an upsurge in recent fighting between the Iran-backed Houthi movement and government forces.
Cars drive along the muddy streets of the al-Sissi district of Marib as it suffers back to back clashes between forces loyal to Saleh and the government, AFP reports.
“Dharani town has been struck with heavy weapons fire since midnight, first by the attackers of ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh and now also by an armed brigade of Marib governor Mohammed al-Mansoori,” said a guard at the post of the old guard in the Dharani town centre, who gave his name as Sheikh Radda.
After the latest assault, which followed the withdrawal of Saleh loyalists from the town, Marib’s deputy governor announced the indefinite closure of commercial trade routes, AFP says.
“The closure of north to south transport lines may last for at least two weeks, according to our initial findings,” Khaled Ghazi, the deputy governor told journalists.
According to Sanaa Times, the Marib provincial council said more than 3,000 fighters from Saleh’s General People’s Congress (GPC) and Army units loyal to Mansoori’s Popular Security Force (PSF) were involved in the latest fighting.