Medics: 58 com­bat­ants killed in fight­ing for Hodei­dah

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Dozens of com­bat­ants were killed as pro-govern­ment forces closed in on rebel forces in the heart of the Ye­meni port city of Hodei­dah on Thurs­day, hospi­tal sources said.

Medics at hos­pi­tals in­side the city re­ported 47 rebels had been killed in overnight ground fight­ing and air raids by a Saudi-UAE coali­tion sup­port­ing the govern­ment.

Sources at hos­pi­tals in gov­ern­men­theld ar­eas on the out­skirts said 11 sol­diers had also been killed.

Aid agen­cies have long warned that fight­ing in Hodei­dah risks es­ca­lat­ing the dire hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis in Ye­men, where about half the pop­u­la­tion - some 14 mil­lion peo­ple - could soon be on the verge of famine.

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