SANAA, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Saudi-led airstrikes on Friday killed at least 17 Houthi rebels in Yemen's province of Marib, a Yemeni government military source said.
"The airstrikes targeted the rebel groupings in Al-Kasarah frontline in the eastern part of Sirwah district, killing 17 and destroying six pick-up vehicles," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The airstrikes came as the ground fighting between the rebels and the Yemeni government army raged on in several frontlines in western Marib.
Houthis began in February a major offensive on Marib in an attempt to seize control of the oil-rich province, the government's last northern stronghold.
Yemen's civil war flared up in late 2014 when the Iran-backed Houthi group seized control of much of the country's north and forced the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi out of the capital Sanaa.
The Saudi-led Arab coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict in March 2015 to support Hadi's government. Enditem