ADEN, Yemen, Sept 28 (NNN-SPA) – Eight fighters loyal to Yemen’s internationally-backed government were killed, and several others injured, in clashes with Shiite Houthi rebels, near the Red Sea coast city of Mocha.

“The clashes broke out after a group of Shiite Houthi rebels attempted to sneak into military sites, held by Saudi-backed Yemeni fighters, in Muzaa, near the Red Sea coast city of Mocha,” the local military official said.

The pro-government forces in Mocha city retaliated by launching a large-scale armed attack with tanks and artillery, against the Houthi-held areas near Mocha, the source said.

Medical sources confirmed that, about eight fighters, allied with the legitimate government, were killed in the fighting, with the Houthi rebels and several others injured.

Other military sources confirmed that the casualties are likely to rise, due to inability of ambulances to access the area of the clashes, and to transfer victims to public hospitals in Aden.

Yemen’s internationally-backed government, allied with the Saudi-led Arab military coalition, has, for more than two years, been battling Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels, over control of the country.

The coalition imposed air and sea blockade, to prevent weapons from reaching Houthis, who had invaded the capital Sanaa, militarily, and seized most of the northern Yemeni provinces.

The impoverished Arab country is also suffering the world’s largest cholera epidemic since Apr, with about 5,000 cases reported every day.

 

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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