38 killed in south Yemen fighting

At least seven Hadi loyalists and 22 Houthi rebels were killed in dawn clashes in the town of Daleh, north of the main southern city of Aden, an official said.



By (AFP)

Published: Mon 27 Apr 2015, 12:14 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 9:54 PM

Taez — At least 38 people were killed in Yemen on Saturday as fighting raged in southern towns between rebels and loyalists of exiled President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, local officials said.

At least seven Hadi loyalists and 22 Houthi rebels were killed in dawn clashes in the town of Daleh, north of the main southern city of Aden, an official said.

Pro-Hadi militiamen destroyed two rebel tanks, three troop carriers and an armoured vehicle, the official said.

Farther east, in Loder, loyalist militiamen killed nine rebels in a rocket-propelled grenade attack, a government official in the town said. There were also heavy clashes in Aden itself, as Saudi-led warplanes kept up strikes on rebel positions despite the coalition’s announcement on Tuesday that it was halting the bombing campaign.

Targets included the rebel-held presidential palace, which was Hadi’s last refuge before he fled to neighbouring Saudi Arabia last month, military officials said.

Coalition warplanes also bombed the rebel-held Al Anad air base north of Aden, which housed US troops supporting a long-running drone war against Al Qaeda before the fighting forced their withdrawal.

There was also fighting late on Friday in the eastern province of Marib, home to some of Yemen’s most important oil fields, army officers and witnesses said.

Loyalist troops at a base in the provincial capital shelled rebel positions in the nearby Sarwah district, where clashes raged around Yemen’s main oil export pipeline.

The 435-kilometre line links Marib’s Safir oil fields with the Ras Isa terminal on Yemen’s Red Sea coast and control of it has been a key goal for the rebels and their allies.

“The Houthi rebels and forces loyal to (former president Ali Abdullah) Saleh sent reinforcements from (the rebel-controlled capital) Sanaa,” an army officer said.

The fighting comes despite calls for dialogue to end a conflict that the United Nations says has killed more than 1,000 people since late March, at least 115 of them children.— AFP

 


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