In the last 24 hours, 43 people were killed during clashes between Houthi rebels and forces still loyal to now-deposed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. According to local officials, the fighting started on Tuesday afternoon and went on strongly through the night near Yemen’s border with Saudi Arabia.
The intense overnight fighting comes just one week before both parties are to come to table to discuss a U.N. sponsored peace deal. The agreement is set to end the years-long dispute that has torn apart Yemen, and has forced both Saudi Arabia and Iran to join the fight as proxy sponsors.
Local reports from the district of Aden stated forces opposed to the rebels suffered five casualties, while 11 Houthis were killed during the fighting in the city. An additional eight soldiers from the Houthi-opposed Southern Residence were wounded in the same area, according to locals.
Residents from the area told reporters that fighter jets from the Saudi-led coalition were in the area bombing Houthi strongholds, killing 12 insurgents overnight. The Saudis have been running a months-long airstrike campaign to drive the rebels back from the border to reclaim the area.
By Alex Lemieux
Reuters: At least 43 killed in Yemen clashes as parties prepare for talks
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