Houthi armed attack repulsed in Yemen's Hodeidah, 8 killed

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ADEN, Yemen, April 15 (Xinhua) -- A total of eight fighters of the Houthi group were killed during an attack launched against Yemeni government forces in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah on Monday, a military official told Xinhua.

In a fresh military escalation, the Houthi fighters launched an attack against a number of government-controlled military sites in Durayhmi district south of Hodeidah province, the local military source said on condition of anonymity.

He said that the government forces managed to repulse the Houthi attack in Durayhmi, leaving eight rebels killed following fierce armed confrontations sparked in the area.

Meanwhile, the official military spokesman said in a statement that shelling carried out by Houthi fighters killed one soldier of the joint pro-government forces and injured five others in the same district of Durayhmi.

Mamun Mahjami, the spokesman of the pro-government Giants Brigades, confirmed that the "Houthis carried out the most violent armed attack against sites of the government forces in Hodeidah."

On the other side, the Houthi rebels blamed the Yemeni government forces of using artillery shelling and targeting their sites near the Faculty of Engineering.

The Iran-allied Houthi rebels control the Hodeidah city while the Saudi-backed government troops have advanced to the southeastern outskirts.

Hodeidah is the key lifeline entry point for the country's most food imports and humanitarian aid. The ongoing internal military conflict grinding into its fifth year has pushed over 20 million people to the verge of starvation.

Yemeni warring parties reached a peace deal on Hodeidah in December last year as a first step toward brokering a comprehensive political solution.

Sporadic breaches are daily recorded in Hodeidah as the two belligerent sides failed to withdraw their forces in accordance with an agreement reached in the Swedish capital Stockholm. Enditem

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