Clashes kill 39 combatants outside Yemen's Hodeida

Nine pro-government troops have been killed in Hodeida Yemen's rebels suffer 30 fatalities in the clashes

Afp June 14, 2018
Nine pro-government troops have been killed in Hodeida,Yemen's rebels suffer 30 fatalities in the clashes. PHOTO: AFP.

YEMEN: Heavy clashes killed 39 combatants outside Yemen's rebel-held port city of Hodeida on Thursday, as a Saudi and UAE-backed offensive to retake the key aid hub entered its second day.

Yemen's Huthi rebels suffered 30 fatalities in the clashes, which took place 2 kilometres from Hodeida airport, south of the city, medical sources said.

Nine pro-government troops were killed in the same area, the medics said. Military sources said the deaths were caused by mines and snipers.

A correspondent behind the government lines in Al Duraihimi witnessed ambulances arriving from the front loaded with dead and wounded.

Saudi-led coalition launches attack on Yemen's Hodeidah

Saudi-led coalition warplanes and Apache helicopters provided "continuous" air support to pro-government forces, striking Huthi positions, military sources said.

The Huthis have put up a fierce resistance, however, using snipers to slow the assault, the sources added.

The coalition-backed troops have also been slowed by the need for de-mining operations to advance.

The government side sent significant reinforcements to the front on Thursday, according to military sources.

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