15 Yemeni rebels, 8 soldiers killed in clashes
July 17 2017 08:35 PM
Newly recruited fighters parade outside the US embassy before they join Houthi rebels, in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Monday.


At least 15 Yemeni rebels and eight soldiers were killed on Monday as government forces attacked insurgent positions in two areas in the southwest of the country, military officials said.
Loyalists attacked Houthi rebels and their allies, renegade troops loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, at Heess, on the road linking the city of Taez with Hodeida port, on the Red Sea coast, officials said.
The attack aimed to block the road leading to the rebel-held port, the officials said.
The second attack targeted rebels in Al-Hameli area, north of the port of Mokha, which was recaptured by government forces in February as part of a major ongoing offensive to drive rebels from the lengthy Red Sea coastline.
Several soldiers were wounded in the clashes, officials said.
Warplanes from the Saudi-led Arab coalition backed government forces in the attacks, officials said.

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