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Yemen fighting leaves 50 dead in 48 hours

(MENAFN) Fighting in Yemen has killed 55 rebels and soldiers in two days after the government launched a major offensive in a coastal area near key shipping lanes, officials said Wednesday.

Government forces began the assault Saturday in a bid to recapture the Dhubab district near the Bab al-Mandab Strait which links the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.

Troops clashed with Iran-backed Houthi Shia rebels on Wednesday at a key military base in the region, leaving five soldiers and 12 rebels dead, loyalist military sources said.

The Yemeni government and its allies say the presence of rebels near the key waterway poses a threat to international shipping.

Yemen fighting leaves 50 dead in 48 hours

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