ADEN, Yemen- A prominent commander of the armed forces, loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni government, was injured Friday, in fighting with the Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels, in the Red Sea coast city of Hodeidah, local sources said.

A government official said that, Brigadier Nabil Mashoshi, commander of the elite forces, backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), was seriously injured during an anti-Houthi military operation in Hodeidah.

"Brigadier Mashoshi was injured while leading his troops in an operation against the Houthi-held sites in Hodeidah's district of Durayhmi," the source said.

A medical official confirmed that "Mashoshi was transferred immediately, via a plane, to receive treatment at a UAE-manned military base in Eritrea."

The source said that, two other officers and a number of pro-government soldiers were also injured, during the same anti-Houthi military operation in Hodeidah.

Fighting is still going on in different areas of Hodeidah, amid intensified air strikes launched by the Saudi-led coalition. Scores of militants belonging to the Houthi group were either killed or injured, due to the massive Saudi-led air strikes carried out during the past two days in Hodeidah, according to local sources.

In recent days, the Yemeni government seeks to expel the Houthi rebels out of the strategic port city of Hodeidah militarily, despite warnings issued by international humanitarian agencies.


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