Heavy fighting in central Yemen kills at least 38 people

The military of the internationally recognized government reported the clashes that its armed forces, supported by air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition, had killed at least 20 Houthi rebels. No deaths have been reported on his part.

Officials and tribal leaders said the rebels had penetrated deep into the district before government forces pushed them back and captured at least 30 Houthi fighters.

Houthi officials said the coalition led by Saudi Arabia has carried out at least 15 air strikes against their fighters.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to inform the media while the tribal leaders did so out of fear of reprisals.

The new struggle came three weeks after the Houthis struck the Saudi-backed government by taking the strategic northern city of Hazm, the capital of the Jawf province, which borders Marib.

Earlier this year, the rebels also seized an important supply line between the Marib and Jawf provinces on the Saudi Arabia border. They also took control of the strategic district of Nehm, about 60 kilometers northeast of the rebel-held capital, Sanaa.

Yemen, the poorest nation in the Arab world, has been affected by the civil war since 2014. At that point, the Iran-backed Houthis took control of the north of the country, including the capital, Sanaa. The following year, a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia intervened against the Houthis. Despite relentless Saudi air strikes and Yemen’s blockade, the war has come to a standstill.

The conflict has killed over 10,000 people and caused the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Millions of people are suffering from food and medical shortages and are putting the country on the brink of famine.

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