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Clashes kill 39 combatants outside Yemen's Hodeida: medics

AFP  |  Al Duraihimi (Yemen) 

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

Yemen's Iran-backed Huthi rebels suffered 30 fatalities in the fighting, which took place two km from airport, south of the city, medical sources told AFP.

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

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

Saudi-led coalition warplanes and 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 to advance.

The government side sent significant reinforcements to the front today, according to military sources and the

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 18:50 IST
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