Civil war in Yemen continues; Pro-government forces kill 15 Houthi rebels  
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 18-Jul-2017

Sana’a, July 18: The pro-government forces of Yemen on Monday attacked insurgent positions of rebels in two areas in the southwest of the country and killed at least 15 Houthi rebels. However, during this anti-rebel operation, eight soldiers were also killed. Notably, Yemen is been suffering from a dual attack, one is from massive civil war and another one from the outbreak of cholera.

The pro government forces attacked the Houthi rebels and their allies including renegade troops loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, at Heess, on the road linking the city of Taez with Hodeida port, on the Red Sea coast which aimed to block the road leading to the rebel-held port resulted in the killing of fifteen rebellions.  

While the second attack targeted rebels in Al Hameli area, north of the port of Mokha, which was recaptured by government forces in February as part of a major ongoing offensive to drive rebels from Yemen's lengthy Red Sea coastline. Several soldiers were also injured in the clashes. Interestingly, the warplanes from the Saudi-led Arab coalition backed government forces in the attacks.

Meanwhile, a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into the gate of a military base in the district of Ain Bamaabad, in the southern Shabwa province, killing at least three soldiers. Earlier in the month of March this year, the Yemeni court in Sanaa controlled by Houthis sentenced exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his six top officials to death for ‘high treason’.

Also, Yemen has also been hit by a deadly cholera outbreak due to which 1784 people have lost their lives while the suspected patients of the disease had reached up to 3,44,700.

Notably, Yemen fell into civil war in 2014, when Houthi rebels and allied forces of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh overran capital Sanaa and other parts of the country. The conflict escalated in 2015 when Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched an extensive air campaign aimed at reversing Houthi military gains and shoring up Yemen’s Saudi-backed government.

According to the United Nations estimates, over 10,000 people were killed and around three million displaced due to the civil war in Yemen. However, UN-brokered peace talks between the government and Houthi rebels have also failed to resolve the conflict.