At least eight pro-government fighters were mistakenly killed and several others injured, in air strikes carried out by Saudi-led war planes in Yemen's southern province of Abyan, a tribal chief told Xinhua.

The tribal source said, on condition of anonymity that, the Saudi-led war planes targeted the positions manned by pro-government fighters with three air strikes that left eight killed at the scene.

"Instead of targeting the Shiite Houthi rebels, who escalated their assault in the outskirts of Abyan province, the pro-government fighters lost their lives in friendly fire from the Saudi war planes," the local source said.

The incident sparked anger among the tribal fighters, allied with the Saudi-backed government forces, in confronting Houthis in southern Yemen, he said.

A government source confirmed that the incident occurred due to receiving wrong information that resulted from weak communication with forces on-ground.

Armed forces loyal to former President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, and the Shiite Houthi group, intensified their attacks against areas controlled by the internationally recognised Yemeni government.

Saleh and his allies vowed to launch more revenge attacks against the bordering regions of Saudi Arabia and the government forces in Yemen.

The situation in Yemen has deteriorated economically and politically, since Mar, 2015, when war broke out between the Shiite Houthi group, supported by former President, Ali Abdullash Saleh, and the government, backed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition.

Houthis and Saleh's forces hold most of Yemen's northern regions, while government forces share control of the rest of the country, including seven southern provinces.

The civil war, ground battles and air strikes have already killed more than 10,000 people, half of them civilians, injured more than 35,000 others and displaced over two million, according to humanitarian agencies.


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