Gov't forces repulse Houthi attack in Yemen's Hodeidah: official

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ADEN, Yemen, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Forces loyal to the Yemeni government on Saturday repulsed an attack launched by the Houthi rebels in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, a military official told Xinhua.

"A number of Houthi fighters launched an attack against military sites of the government forces in Tuhyata, sparking intense clashes in the area," the local official said on condition of anonymity.

The government forces foiled the Houthi attack, leaving about three rebels killed and several others injured, according to the source.

Meanwhile, Houthi media said the pro-government forces fired more than 10 artillery shells and eight Katyusha rockets against areas controlled by the rebels in the southeastern part of Hodeidah.

Hodeidah has seen a shaky cease-fire between the government forces of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the Houthi rebels since both sides reached a UN-sponsored truce in Stockholm in December 2018.

Part of the port city is under control of the Houthi rebels, while the government forces have advanced to the southern and eastern outskirts.

Yemen has been mired in civil war since late 2014, when the Iran-backed Houthi group seized control of much of the country's north and forced the Saudi-backed government of Hadi out of the capital Sanaa. Enditem

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