ADEN, Yemen, Yemeni government forces, battling the Shiite Houthi group, on Friday recaptured a south-eastern district.

The newly-recruited troops, supported by the southern tribal fighters, engaged in fierce fighting with the Houthi fighters in Bayhan district, of Shabwa province, leaving about 38 killed from both warring sides, and injuring many others, a military commander, said.

"About three army brigades, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, advanced on-ground and imposed full control, over the government buildings in Bayhan district. The Houthi fighters were pushed out," the official said.

He said that, more than 32 Houthi fighters were captured, during the ongoing fighting in Bayhan district, of the oil-rich province of Shabwa, that is controlled by the government.

The gain comes amid fierce clashes, as the Saudi-backed troops continued pushing towards other areas controlled by the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

During the past few months, the Saudi-backed Yemeni forces, made slow progress, due to the stiff resistance of the Houthi fighters and a large number of roadside bombs and booby-trapped houses, in and around the roads leading to Bayhan district.

Saudi Arabia-led military coalition has intensified military air campaign against Houthi positions, in and around the Houthi rebel-held capital Sanaa, since the Houthis killed Former President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, on Dec 4.


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