Sever battling erupted between pro-government forces and rebels; though about 52 fighters to troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh Ali Abdullah Saleh, Shiite Huthi rebels and pro-government forces’ 14 members have killed in latest conflicts.
In last 24-hour clashes, more than 67 people have been killed in Yemen while pro-government forces have been trying to push out rebels from a key stretch of the coastline, medical and security officials told media.
However, a Saudi-led coalition launched some air raids close the strategic Bab al-Mandab strait, though nearly 52 militants among Shiite Huthi rebels and fighters loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh Ali Abdullah Saleh lost their lives, sources told.
Although, troops loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi started a major offensive on 7 January, to get back Dhubab district the Bab al-Mandab, a key maritime path that links the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.
If statements by military sources are to be deemed, Saudi-led coalition fighter jets and Apache helicopters were used to launch airstrikes with co-ordination of pro-Hadi forces, targeted rebels by advancing to the Red Sea city of Mokha.
The pro-government forces had to slow their offensive because of rebels’ planted mines within 10 kilometers (six miles) of Mokha, though over 70 were reportedly injured during battling on Sunday, Spokespersons for the pro-government forces told.
Nonetheless, the United States’ alleged drone strike shot dead three al Qaeda members in Bayda province, Yemen, though Abu Anis al-Abi, an area field commander for the militant group was also three of dead.
These death are believed to be advance such launched by United States forces since Donald Trump’s taking office as president, although, on other side, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed who is United Nations peace representative, landed Yemeni Capital Sana on Sunday for possible ceasefire discussion.