Coastal airstrikes kill 13 Yemen Houthis

Coalition air raids targeting the Houthis' positions on Yemen's Red Sea coast on Wednesday (April 5th) killed 13 of the group's fighters, AFP reported.

Warplanes and Apache helicopters took part in the raids that targeted Houthi positions in Taif and Nakhliya, 10 kilometres south of the Red Sea port of al-Hodeida, a military official said.

Medical officials said 13 Houthis were killed in the strikes.

The raids destroyed five fishing boats allegedly used by the Houthis to deliver arms to the isle of Tarfa, around five kilometres offshore, the military official said.

Yemen's government has said al-Hodeida is its next target in a military campaign to push the Houthis out of the lengthy Red Sea coast, mainly to stop arms smuggling to the insurgents.

The UN urged warring parties on Tuesday to "ensure the continued functioning" of the port because it remains the main point of entry for humanitarian aid.

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