Fri | Sep 21, 2018

Fierce fighting leaves at least 75 dead

Published:Sunday | December 20, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Shiite fighters, known as Houthis, ride on a patrol truck as they chant slogans during a tribal gathering showing support for the Houthi movement in Sanaa, Yemen


Fierce fighting in northern Yemen near the Saudi border has killed more than 75 troops over the past three days, Yemeni security sources and witnesses said yesterday, casting a cloud over already tenuous peace talks in Switzerland.

The sources added that clashes in Hajjah province between rebel-allied units and pro-government Yemeni forces killed more than 40 rebels and 35 government troops, with 50 wounded on the rebel side and dozens wounded on the government side.

Dozens of tanks and armoured vehicles were destroyed in the fighting and most of the dead were killed by air strikes from the Saudi-led coalition that dominates the skies in Yemen.

Yemen's fighting pits the internationally recognised government backed by a Saudi-led, United States-supported coalition against the rebels, known as Houthis, who are allied with a former president and backed by Iran.

The fighting comes as the Yemeni rebel delegation at peace talks in Switzerland suspended meetings with the internationally recognised government last Friday in protest over its cease-fire violations.