At least 68 killed during clashes in Yemen

At least 68 killed during clashes between Yemeni troops, Houthi militants in Yemen

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Tribesmen from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting forces loyal to Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, hold a position in Sirwah west of Marib city, on October 28, 2015.

According to military and tribal sources in Yemen, at least 68 troops and rebels died during clashes on Saturday in the northern part of the country, despite the ongoing UN-backed ceasefire and peace talks in Switzerland.

Tribal sources said 40 Iran-backed Houthi militants were killed and nearly 50 others wounded, while 28 Yemeni soldiers died and 40 were injured during the heavy clashes near the northwestern town of Haradh, which was recaptured on Thursday by Yemeni forces.

Clashes intensifed when the government forces which are backed by the Saudi-led coalition advanced on to the Red Sea port of Midi.

Gulf Arab countries and the US have accused Iran of assisting the Houthi militants financially and militarily, Iran has rejected that it is supporting the Houthi militants.

Iranian-backed Houthis have been battling the Saudi-led coalition since late March, in which the UAE is also playing a big role.

As a result of Houthi aggression, Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi had to temporarily move to the Saudi capital Riyadh and formally request Arab states to help “save Yemen” from Houthi militants.

Saudi Arabia is leading a military coalition which has formally intervened in Yemen on March 25.

According to the United Nations, at least 5,800 people have been killed in the ongoing civil war in Yemen, nearly half of them civilians, and more than 27,000 injured since March.

Meanwhile, the UN-backed ceasefire and peace talks have been continuing since Tuesday, in the shade of the ongoing clashes.

TRTWorld and agencies