Yemen: Escalation in Marib and potential humanitarian and economic impacts
Created: 26/07/2021 +

Overview

The battle of Marib could potentially tip the balance between the Internationally Recognized Government (IRG) and the Houthis. Marib is a key source of economic income thanks to its natural resources. Taking control of the city and of oil and gas facilities would provide significant additional income to the Houthis while ridding the IRG of its last foothold in the north, resulting in additional humanitarian needs.

This report focuses on the (unlikely but possible) scenario in which the Houthis take full control of Marib city and governorate. It includes displacement estimates related to increased conflict in Marib and the impact of revenue loss from Marib resources on the economy of the IRG.