ADEN, Yemen, Yemen’s pro-government forces, repelled an attack by the Shiite Houthi fighters, in the western coast areas in Hodeidah province, killing at least 16 attackers, a military official said.

Scores of well-armed Houthi fighters, at noon, attacked the positions held by government forces, near Hodeidah province, sparking an intense fighting in the area, the source said, on condition of anonymity.

Some of the Houthi fighters used motorcycles, for the first time, and a number of snipers were deployed in the outskirts of Hodeidah, when they attacked the government-controlled positions, the source said.

According to the source, the war planes of the Saudi-led Arab coalition intervened and provided support for the government forces on-ground, by carrying out heavy aerial bombardment against the Houthi positions.

Several areas near the strategic Houthi-controlled port city of Hodeidah have been the scene of fierce fighting, after the government forces pushed into the province and captured a foothold into some of its key areas.

Meanwhile, Saudi-backed Yemeni troops and allied anti-Houthi fighters, continued their battles in the agricultural areas of Hays, in the southern parts of Hodeidah, in an attempt to free the town from the Houthis.

The pro-government army commander near the scene, said that, the advance is expected to be slow due to the hundreds of hidden bombs or landmines believed to be planted by the Houthis, and also the forces have received orders to spare the lives of civilians trapped there.

Observers said, the Shiite Houthi leaders kidnapped hundreds of young people from their schools, and forced them to participate in the fighting, against the forces of the internationally-backed government.

 

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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