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20 Houthi gunmen killed, 11 captured in clashes near al-Khoukha

Houthi fighters ride on the back of a truck during a parade in Hodeidah on August 24, 2017. (Reuters)

Around 20 Houthi militiamen were reported killed and 11 others were captured following violent clashes with the Yemeni army on the outskirts of al-Khoukha city, south of Hodeidah.

A military source said the Yemeni army, supported by the popular resistance, purged several areas south of Hodeidah, and attacked the militias’ posts from the three fronts of al-Hameli, Yakhtal and al-Zahari, south of Khoukha.

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The source added that the army seized the area of Rouwais and the strategic Harzeen mountain. Military sources in the fifth military zone said 15 Houthis were killed in clashes with legitimate forces in the Midi front.

Attack repulsed

They also confirmed that Houthi militias launched an attack on border guards in the southeast of the Midi front early Tuesday morning. The Houthis lost a number of men and ammunition and their attack was repulsed.

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Sources added that Houthi gunmen involved in the attack fled after suffering these losses and could not even get the bodies of their deceased men from the field.

According to some sources, Houthi militias suffered heavy losses during the past month as confrontations with the army and the Saudi-led coalition strikes killed more than 100 and injured hundreds others in the Midi and Harad fronts.

This article is also available in Arabic.
 

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Last Update: Thursday, 7 December 2017 KSA 10:36 - GMT 07:36
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