ADEN, Yemen- At least 48 fighters of the Shiite Houthi group were killed, Wednesday, in armed clashes with the Saudi-backed Yemeni government forces and Saudi-led air strikes, in two locations of the war-torn country.

A total of 18 Houthi rebels were killed and nearly 30 others injured, in the gun battles with the national army forces, in the south-western city of Taiz, according to a statement, revealed by the media centre of the pro-government forces in the city.

Meanwhile, the Yemeni Defence Ministry reported that, 30 Houthi fighters were killed in the air bombardment, by Saudi-led war planes, in central al-Bayda Province.

Two separate air strikes hit a reinforcement convoy and another Houthi-controlled position in al-Bayda, the ministry said, on its official website.

The coalition imposed air and sea blockade, to prevent weapons from reaching Houthis, who have seized control of the capital, Sanaa, militarily and most of the northern Yemeni provinces, since late 2014.

More than 10,000 people, half of them civilians, have been killed, with over two million others displaced, in the three-year war.


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