Malta Independent

New bout of heavy fighting in Yemen kills dozens


Yemeni officials say heavy fighting in Yemen’s southern Dhale province between pro-government forces and Shiite rebels has killed more than 85 people. The officials say the Houthi rebels recaptured the district of Damt and the surroundin­g area from forces allied with the internatio­nally recognized government after more than a week of fighting. They say dozens have been wounded. Yemen has been embroiled in a civil war pitting the Iran-backed Houthis against the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, backed by a Saudi-led coalition since March 2015. The war has devastated impoverish­ed Yemen, turning the Arab nation into the world’s worst humanitari­an crisis. The officials spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media.

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