VIDEO: Fighting in eastern Yemen

Fighting continued near the city of Marib in eastern Yemen on Tuesday, as the Yemeni National Army fended off Houthi rebels, with the support of troops from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) within the Saudi-led military coalition.

Marib city, about 200 kilometres (125 miles) west of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, has been under the control of the Emiratis since Monday, according to Emirati Brigadier General Ali Saif al-Kaabi.

Marib and the southern port city of Aden, from which the rebels were expelled earlier this summer, are the staging ground for the coalition's two-pronged push for Sanaa, added al-Kaabi, who is leading the UAE forces in Marib province.

The Saudi-led coalition, formed mostly of Gulf countries, launched its campaign of airstrikes against the Houthis in March.