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Houthis repel latest Saudi-backed offensive

A MILITARY offensive launched by Saudi-backed forces in western Yemen has ended in disaster as Houthi forces scored a decisive victory destroying vehicles and seizing weapons as troops fled.

The offensive was part of an operation targeting coastal areas held by Houthi forces as coalition forces try to take back control of Yemen and reinstate the government of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which has been in exile since it was overthrown by Houthis in 2015.

Thursday’s battle saw a defeat for the Southern Resistance Army at the hands of the Houthis in the al-Faza area of Tahtiyah with a number of troops killed.

The war in Yemen has been widely condemned with allegations of war crimes by the coalition and the deliberate targeting of civilians and the country's infrastructure.

At least 10,000 have been killed in the war as aid agencies warn of a “humanitarian crisis” with eight million people on the brink of starvation.

Houthi forces claimed to have destroyed at least three armoured vehicles during Thursday's battle and released video footage of the weapons they have seized from the coalition fighters in the Tahtiyah region.

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