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Yemeni forces kill dozens of Saudi-backed militants in Lahij

19 July 2015 23:10


Dozens of Saudi-backed militants have been reportedly killed during clashes with Yemeni forces in the southwestern province of Lahij.

The Saudi-backed terrorists were killed during clashes with Yemeni forces, including Ansarullah fighters, near the area of al-Anad Triangle in Lahij on Sunday, Yemen’s al-Masirah television reported.

A Saudi-backed commander fighting against the Yemeni forces was also injured in the clashes, the Yemeni TV said.

In a similar development, the Yemeni army forces along with popular committees killed hundreds of Saudi-backed terrorists and militants belonging to al-Qaeda in the southern city of Aden on Saturday. The Yemeni forces also arrested dozens of militants and seized the military equipment belonging to them.

Mohammed Abdulsalam, a spokesman for Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement, on Sunday rejected as “mere lies” recent reports that militants loyal to fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, have advanced in Aden.

Abdulsalam emphasized that Yemeni Ansarullah fighters managed to foil attempts by Saudi-backed elements to capture Aden, and took full control of the affairs in the strategic city.

The development comes as areas across Yemen are witnessing no respite from airstrikes by Saudi Arabia.

According to the latest reports from the impoverished Arab country on Sunday, Saudi warplanes conducted several airstrikes on the districts of Attawahi in the southwestern province of Aden.

The Saudi jets also pounded a mosque in the district of Sahar in the city of Sa’ada.

There have been no reports on the possible casualties or damage caused by the Saudi air raids.

Riyadh started a military campaign against Yemen on March 26 – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and to restore power to Hadi.

According to a UN report last week, at least 1,670 civilians have been killed and another 3,829 people injured in the Saudi military campaign since March 26.

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