Saudi-led forces kill 40 Houthis

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Saudi-led forces kill 40 Houthis

Dubai - The rebels were killed in clashes over the past 24 hours with a pro-government alliance backed by Saudi Arabia.

By AFP

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Published: Wed 24 Jan 2018, 10:19 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jan 2018, 12:20 AM

Clashes in the Yemeni rebel heartland of Saada province have killed 40 rebel fighters, Saudi media said on Wednesday, while the rebels reported nine civilians among 22 dead in Saudi-led air strikes.

The rebels were killed in clashes over the past 24 hours with a pro-government alliance backed by Saudi Arabia, the kingdom's state-run Al Ekhbariya TV reported.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has tapped mediator and former aid official Martin Griffiths of Britain to be the next peace negotiator for Yemen, diplomats said on Wednesday.

Griffiths would replace Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania who failed to make headway in UN efforts to end the war.

Cheikh Ahmed this week told the United Nations that he did not want to continue as special envoy once his contract ends next month. - AFP



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