ADEN, Yemen, Scores of Houthi fighters were killed on Friday, during intense fighting with Yemeni government forces in the southern province of al-Dhalea, a military official said.

The intense fighting flared up between the Saudi-backed Yemeni government forces and the Houthi rebels in Muris, in the northern parts of al-Dhalea province, leaving casualties among the rebels, the military source said.

The Houthis launched an attack against military positions of the government forces in Muris, sparking ferocious armed confrontations in which heavy weapons were used, the source said.

Another attack was carried out by the Houthi fighters in a new attempt to make progress in villages controlled by government forces, but faced stiff resistance from the pro-government forces stationed there, he said.

He added that scores of the Houthi attackers were either killed or injured, during the two attacks that were aborted by the national armed forces.

Meanwhile, the country's defence ministry, reported that an attack by the Houthi rebels was repulsed, following hours of armed confrontations with government forces in al-Dhalea province.

The Yemeni ministry said, a number of rebels were killed, including four mid-level field commanders.

Last week, the Houthis launched a series of intensive attacks on positions of the government forces in the northern part of al-Dhalea and managed to control key mountainous hills overlooking government-controlled areas in the province.

The areas located in the north and west of al-Dhalea have been witnessing continuous fighting between government forces and Houthi fighters for nearly four years.

Source: NAM News Network

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