Clashes in Yemen killed 40 soldiers

Vastavam Web: Clashes and air strikes in southwest Yemen have killed more than 40 soldiers, rebels and civilians over the past 24 hours, officials and medics said today.Warplanes from the Saudi-led Arab coalition have pounded Huthi rebel positions east of the Red Sea port of Mokha and other areas of Taez province since yesterday, a military official said.Clashes raged after the air raids in the Jabal al-Nar area east of Mokha and north of the city on the road to Hodeida, Yemen’s main Red Sea port, the official said.At least 17 rebels were killed in the air strikes and fighting, medical sources in rebel-held Hodeida said.

Another 11 rebels were killed in air strikes on Kamran island and a base in Hodeida itself, the medical sources said.Ten soldiers were also killed and 15 were wounded in the confrontations, said medical sources in Aden, the temporary base of the government as Sanaa remains under rebel control.Meanwhile, three civilians were killed and two others were wounded Monday in a bombing that targeted the convoy of General Ali Muqbel Saleh, commander of the 33rd Armoured Brigade, in Daleh city, a security official said.