ADEN, Yemen, Forces loyal to Yemen's internationally-backed government, claimed the killing of about 80 Houthi fighters, during intense fighting over the past 24 hours in the country's southern part.
Key fortifications, including the strategic Shadad mountain and other nearby locations were all seized, following fierce battles with the Houthis in the northern parts of the province, the statement said.
Local government military officials, however, avoided commenting on the casualties of the armed forces.
But local tribal sources, aligned with the Saudi-backed Yemeni government forces, said that, dozens of soldiers were killed and injured in the ongoing battles with the Houthis.
The Houthi military authorities based in the capital Sanaa have not yet commented on the casualties in the battles.
Last week, the Houthis launched a series of intensive attacks on positions of 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 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