Marib UPSC | Battle Of Marib | Places In News For UPSC

Marib UPSC | Battle Of Marib | Places In News For UPSC  – Yemen’s Houthi rebels have taken full control of the northwest Kassara battlefield, advancing close to the centre of Marib city despite heavy casualties.


  • Marib is the capital city of Marib Governorate, Yemen.
  • It was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Sabaʾ which some scholars believe to be the ancient Sheba of biblical fame.
  • It is located in the region of the Sarawat Mountains.
  • Marib and its surrounding oil fields make up the last significant pocket of government-held territory in the north, the rest of which is under rebel control, including the capital Sanaa.
  • The loss of Marib would be a major blow for the Yemeni government and for Saudi Arabia which has supported its militarily since March 2015, after the rebels captured Sanaa.

Marib UPSC | Battle Of Marib | Places In News For UPSC

Marib UPSC | Battle Of Marib | Places In News For UPSC

About Houthis 

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  • The Houthis officially called Ansar Allah, is a Zaidi tribal political movement that emerged from and is based around Sa’dah in northern Yemen under the leadership of Hussein Badreddin Al-Houthi.
  • They developed in the 1990s and have been fighting the central government on and off since 2004.
  • They Are seeking an end to economic under-development, political marginalization and perceived discrimination in Zaidi areas, along with sought greater autonomy in areas where they are predominant.
  • The Houthis opposed the Government in the 2011 Yemeni Revolution but rejected the Saudi sponsored deal proposed by the GCC
  • In 2014–2015 Houthis took over the government in Sana’a, which led to the fall of the Saudi Arabian-backed government of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi .
  • Houthis and their allies gained control of a significant part of Yemen’s territory and are currently resisting the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen seeking to restore Hadi to power.
  • The Zaidi sect is an offshoot of the Shia religion.
  • There is concern on the Shia roots with the Saudis, although allegations that they are supported by Iran are generally considered to be over stated.

Source : The Hindu

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