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14 Houthi rebels killed in Yemen clashes

ADEN, Yemen

At least 14 Houthi rebels were killed and 28 more injured in clashes with Yemeni government forces, sources said Thursday.

The clashes occurred in the coastal province of Al-Hudaydah, according to the sources, who requested anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

They said the Houthis were trying to infiltrate government bases in the Ad-Durayhimi, At-Tuhayta, and Al-Fazeh districts of the western province and met resistance from government forces.

Houthi rebels control the city center and the port in al-Hudaydah, while the government forces hold the southern and eastern entrances of the city.

Yemen has been beset by violence and chaos since 2014, when the Iran-backed Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

The crisis escalated in 2015 when a Saudi-led military coalition launched a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi territorial gains.

Tens of thousands of Yemenis, including numerous civilians, are believed to have been killed in the conflict, which has led to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis as millions remain at risk of starvation.

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