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20 Houthis killed in northern Yemen

Houthi rebels with weapons
Houthi rebels with weapons

At least 20 Houthi rebels were reportedly killed in a failed attempt to attack government positions in Yemen’s northern Sa’ada province near the Saudi border, according to the Yemeni army.

Houthi militants yesterday attempted to sneak into army positions in Souq Al-Buqaa area in northern Sa’ada, the army said in a statement cited by the pro-government September 26 website.

The statement cited a military source saying 20 Houthi rebels were killed before government forces aborted the attack.

“The militias sustained heavy losses,” the source said.

There was no comment from the Houthi group on the claim.

Yemen fell into civil war in 2014, when Houthi rebels and allied forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh overran the capital Sana’a and other parts of the country.

The conflict escalated in 2015 when Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched an extensive air campaign aimed at reversing Houthi military gains and shoring up Yemen’s Saudi-backed government.

UN-brokered peace talks between the government and Houthi rebels have failed to resolve the conflict, in which 10,000 people were killed and around three million displaced, according to UN estimates.

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