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SANAA, Yemen, Yemen's government, said on Thursday, that, its troops have killed 15 Houthi rebels in battles, over the past 24 hours, in the east of the rebel-held capital, Sanaa.

Dozens of other rebels were wounded in the consecutive attacks, launched by the government forces against rebel-held positions in Sirwah district, the government-run, September Net, reported.

Meanwhile, the Houthi-controlled news agency reported that, three air strikes by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, which back the Yemeni government, hit Sirwah earlier on the day.

The eastern front of Sirwah, which is located in the east of the rebel-held capital Sanaa, and the west of the government-held Marib province, has been the scene of almost daily fighting between rival forces.

Separately, the United Nations-brokered ceasefire has been largely held in the western front of the country's flash-point Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, despite some skirmishes between the warring forces.

Patrick Cammaert, UN-appointed chairman of the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) in Hodeidah, which includes representatives from both Yemeni rival forces, held a joint meeting, to discuss the redeployment plans and mechanism, that will ensure the mutual withdrawal of forces from Hodeidah city and its port.

Cammaert arrived in Hodeidah last week, to oversee the implementation of the ceasefire and the confidence-rebuilding measures, agreed by the Yemeni parties, during the Stockholm-based peace talks, held last month.


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