50 rebels, pro-government troops killed in Yemen clashes
Published: 01:49 PM, 16 September 2021
At least 50 rebels and pro-government troops, including a high-ranking officer, have been killed in clashes in Yemen's central province of Al-Bayda, military sources told AFP on Thursday.
"A colonel and 19 other loyalists were killed in the past 24 hours in fighting with the Huthi insurgents in Al-Bayda district," a government military official said.
Thirty rebels also died in the clashes, he added.
The Huthis rarely report casualty numbers but the figures were confirmed by other military sources.
The Iran-backed rebels have made advances in Al-Bayda province in recent weeks as they also fight for control of the strategic city of Marib in the north.
In February, the Huthis escalated their efforts to seize Marib, the government's last toehold in the north, and the fighting has killed hundreds on both sides.
Control of the oil-rich province would strengthen the Huthis' bargaining position in peace talks.