Houthi fighters have boosted their military presence near Yemen’s western Ma’rib province ahead of a feared advance into the strategic energy hub following the resignation of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and his government.

Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat on the condition of anonymity, a senior tribal official in the oil-rich region said Houthi militants stormed a military base in the western Sana’a district of Arqoub on Thursday after besieging it for two days.

The attackers captured tanks and rocket launchers as well as other heavy weaponry from Yemen’s Seventh Army Brigade, the tribal sheikh said. […]