Video PlayerClose ADEN, Yemen, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) — Intense clashes erupted Saturday between the joint pro-government Yemeni forces and the Houthi rebels in the country’s Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, a military official told Xinhua. “The Houthi rebels carried out a large military operation against sites of the joint pro-government forces located in Hodeidah’s district of Durayhmi, sparking intense clashes in the area,” the local military source said on condition of anonymity. He said that the pro-government forces managed to repulse the Houthi attackers following hours of intense armed confrontations and shelling. Nearly five Houthi attackers were killed and several others injured by the government forces, according to the source. No information, however, was given about casualties among the pro-government soldiers during the exchange of fire with the Houthi attackers in Hodeidah. The port city of Hodeidah, a vital lifeline for millions facing starvation, has seen a shaky cease-fire between the government and the Houthi rebels since they reached a UN-sponsored truce in Stockholm in December 2018. The truce was seen as the first phase toward a nationwide cease-fire to end Yemen’s more than five years of civil war. Hodeidah is under the control of the Houthis, while the… Read full this story
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