Gulf War: Battle for Marib rages on; Is Aden at risk?

The Yemeni capital of Sanaa, which is in rebel hands, seems to be fairly secure for now, as fighting in the south-central parts of the country has been put on hold. But there’s no such luck for the second city of Marib, which also hosts the country’s main oil fields and the largest water source for Sanaa, where the Houthis continue to advance.

A boat that hit a land mine in the central Yemeni province of Marib, killing 30 people, is seen before being lowered into the Wadi Shams’ River below. (Khalil Ashawi/AFP/Getty Images)

The separatist Faraj country is, despite not having ever existed, causing much concern for the Yemeni government. In a bid to avoid clashes with southern separatists, President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and his cabinet reshuffled ministries and assigned an envoy, Ali al-Beid, to handle questions concerning grievances across the country’s north and south. The first such battle was less than 100 miles away in the Faraj country. For many, the question now is: What will happen to the rest of the country as rival factions turn their eyes elsewhere?

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