HOUTHI REBELS SUFFER HEAVY CASUALTIES IN FIGHTING IN WESTERN YEMEN
Last Updated: 2018-02-14
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ADEN, Yemen, Feb 14 (NNN-SABA) - More than 41 fighters of the Shiite Houthi group were killed and nearly 50 others injured, during the past 24 hours of fighting, in Yemen's western coast area, near Hodeidah Province.

Government forces, backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), made a significant progress during the ongoing fighting, with the Iranian-backed Houthis, on the outskirts of Hodeidah.

"In brief, the Saudi-backed government forces are winning, while the Houthis are losing the battle on the western coast," the military source said.

"The Houthi fighters are withdrawing and apparently preparing themselves to flee the battleground," the military official added.

The UAE-backed Yemeni troops will continue with their massive military campaign, aimed at liberating the whole port city of Hodeidah from Houthis' control, the source noted.

Yemen's internationally-backed government, allied with the Saudi-led Arab military coalition, has been battling Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels, over the control of the country, for about three years.

The coalition began a military air campaign in Mar, 2015, to roll back Houthi gains and reinstate exiled President, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and his government to power.

The coalition also imposed air and sea blockade, to prevent weapons from reaching the Houthis, who had invaded the capital, Sanaa, militarily, and seized most of the northern Yemeni provinces.-- NNN-SABA