Houthi attack kills 2 soldiers in northeastern Yemen 

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ADEN, Yemen, March 19 (Xinhua) -- At least two Yemeni soldiers were killed and nearly six others injured in a missile attack launched by the Houthi rebels against the country's northeastern province of Marib on Thursday, a security official told Xinhua.

The local security official said on condition of anonymity that a Houthi-fired missile struck a gathering of government soldiers near a military base in the city of Marib 170 km northeast of Sanaa.

The government soldiers were standing in a queue to receive their salaries near the military maintenance base in Marib, the source said.

The Houthi missile strike killed two government soldiers and wounded at least six others, some of them severely, according to the source.

During the past days, Yemen's Houthi militia stepped up its military operations and carried out all-out offensives against the oil-rich province of Marib.

The Houthi official spokesman said that his group's fighters are in position to invade the government-controlled province of Marib militarily after making significant on-ground military achievements in the country's northeastern part.

The Houthis seized control of al-Hazm, capital of al-Jawf, two weeks ago following weeks of ferocious battles that forced thousands of families to flee their homes to the nearby government-controlled Marib province.

Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014, when the Iran-backed Houthis seized control of much of the country's north and forced the Saudi-backed government out of the capital Sanaa. Enditem

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