Multiple security and medical sources said on Tuesday that about 125 Houthi rebels were killed during airstrikes conducted by the Saudi-led coalition and direct clashes with pro-government forces in Shabwa and Al-Bayad provinces, bordering Marib city.
A Yemeni unnamed medical official told AFP that they received dead bodies from both sides (Houthi rebels and pro-government forces) on Tuesday.
A security sources within the Yemeni government said that the pro-government Giants Brigade, backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), also lost 70 fighters in the fighting.
He also said that intensive clashes have been ongoing in the past 24 hours, where both sides suffered huge casualties.
The fighting has been escalated since Monday after the Houthi rebels claimed they have seized a military ship flying a UAE flag, the source added.
However, the UAE said the ship was carrying medical supplies, rejecting Houthi’s claim that it was full of military weapons.
The United Nations had recently said that conflict in Yemen has displaced millions of people and plunged the country into the worst humanitarian crisis.
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