HODEIDA: Dozens of Yemeni rebels have been killed in battles and air strikes in Hodeida, medics said Sunday, as pro-government forces advanced in the insurgent-held Red Sea port city, reports AFP.
The bloodshed comes despite growing international pressure to end a years-long conflict that has left thousands dead.Fifty-three Huthi rebels were killed and dozens were injured over the past 24 hours, medical sources in Hodeida told AFP.
Clashes intensified in the city and centred around its university on Saturday and Sunday morning, a pro-government military official said.
Huthi media reported air strikes in Hodeida on Sunday but did not give a fighter casualty toll.
Military officials said Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out dozens of air strikes to support pro-government forces in the fighting which began on Thursday evening.
Thirteen pro-government troops were killed, medical sources in Aden and Mokha—where the fighters were transported—told AFP.
The clashes erupted just hours after the government said Thursday it was ready to restart peace talks with the Iran-backed Huthis.The offer followed a surprise call by the United States for an end to the Yemen war, including air strikes by the coalition.