Thirty-two combatants from both sides of Yemen's conflict were killed Wednesday (February 8th) in the battle for the key Red Sea coastal town of Mokha, AFP reported.
The deaths occurred as forces loyal to President Abd Rabbu Masnour Hadi advanced into neighbourhoods of Mokha and the Houthis (Ansarallah) retreated to northern and western parts of the town, military sources said.
Pro-Hadi forces backed by the coalition entered the port town in late January as part of their efforts to drive the Iran-backed Houthis away from the Red Sea coastline overlooking the strategic Bab al-Mandab Strait.
The clashes on Wednesday left dead 24 Houthis, including 12 whose bodies were taken to a hospital in Mokha, medical officials said.
The other 12 were Houthis whose remains were found by advancing troops and later buried in Mokha, a Yemeni military official said.
Eight soldiers from the Yemeni forces were killed, military and medical officials said.