Houthis kill allied forces for fleeing battle

Beirut—Iran-backed Houthi militias have retaliated against allied forces belonging to the ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh for fleeing clashes with Saudi forces near the southwestern province of Najran, killing at least 15 fighters, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.
Houthis have long been allies with Saleh’s forces to combine efforts against the internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabu Mansour Hadi.
The clashes, which took place near the Saudi-Yemen border, led to the killing of nearly 70 Houthi militias by Saudi forces. Coalition airstrikes
The Saudi-led Arab Coalition aircraft, meanwhile, launched airstrikes targeting Houthi militia positions in the Yemeni District of Harad near the kingdom’s border.
Security sources told Al Arabiya News Channel that coalition forces continued to target Houthis on Saturday near the northern governorate of Saada, killing four militants. Sources also confirmed the deaths of 64 Houthi members on the Yemeni border near the southeastern Saudi province of Jizan.
Earlier this month, the Arab coalition resumed its Operation Restoring Hope against the Houthis and their allies loyal to Saleh after UN-sponsored peace talks in Kuwait ended without an agreement. The operation was also renewed after the Houthi militias started launching attacks on the Saudi borders, which Riyadh dubbed as a “red line”.
The Houthi militias and Saleh’s General People’s Congress hold most of Yemen’s northern half while forces loyal to exiled Hadi share control of the rest of the country along with local tribes.
The fighting during which more than 6,400 people have been killed – half of them civilians – has created a humanitarian crisis in one of the poorest countries in the Middle East.—Agencies

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