40 Houthi rebels slain during conflict in Yemen

Alexandria: – At least 40 rebels were killed in clashes between the Yemenis army and Houthi rebels in Marib province. The Yemenis military claimed responsibility for a series of airstrikes on Houthi rebels, who have rejected international calls for a ceasefire. Meanwhile, the Yemenis government has warned that Iran-affiliated Houthi rebels are training ‘child soldiers’ for the conflict, resulting in dire consequences.  

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In the last 24 hours, the Yemenis army has taken action against Houthi rebel strongholds in the provinces of Lahj, Jawf and Al-Beda, along with the fuel-rich Marib. Of these, at least 40 rebels were killed in military operations in the Rahabah district of Marib province. The Air Force of some Middle East countries assisted the Yemenis army in its operation in the mountains.  

The international community had called on the Houthi rebels for a ceasefire with the Yemenis government and worked for peace. But the Yemenis military says the action had to be taken as Houthi rebels continued their offensive to seize control of Marib, rejecting the ceasefire.  

Moammar Al-Eryani, a senior minister in the Yemen government, made serious allegations against the Houthi rebels. Iryani accused that in order to protect Iranian interests, the Houthi rebels are depriving children in the areas, under their control, of education, sports and normal life. The Houthis are training such children and using them in the conflict.’ Iran is accused of aiding the Houthi rebels in their fight against the pro-Saudi government in Yemen. 

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