SANAA, Yemen- At least 15 people were killed, on Wednesday, in air strikes by Saudi-led coalition war planes, fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, a hospital source said.

"Fifteen people, including five civilians and 10 rebel fighters were killed in the air strikes, that targeted several rebel sites and rebel-controlled checkpoints, near and around Km 16 road, linking the capital, Sanaa."

"The civilian victims were members of internally displaced families, travelling on the road to flee the escalating clashes and air strikes," said the source, adding that, dozens of others were wounded in the attacks.

Government troops, backed by coalition war planes and Apache helicopters have been pushing deep around the rebel-held port city and have already advanced near the Km 16 road, to the east of Hodeidah airport.

The push came, after UN-hosted Geneva peace talks earlier this week failed, after the Houthi delegation refused to leave Sanaa, citing their immediate demands were not met.

The clashes and air strikes, on Sunday and Monday, have killed at least 15 soldiers and 47 rebel fighters, according to sources from both rival warring forces.

Hodeidah port is the entry point of about 70 percent of the country's food, medicines and aid.


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