17 dead as Yemen loyalists battle rebels for heights

Moves to secure shipping lane will be welcomed.

Aden (AFP) – Heavy fighting between Yemeni government forces and Shiite rebels for control of the heights overlooking the strategic Bab al-Mandab strait has killed 17 combatants, the loyalist commander said Wednesday.

The waterway connects the Suez Canal and Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean beyond and is a major shipping lane. “We launched an offensive which enabled us to recapture two mountains,” loyalist commander General Fadhl Hassan told AFP.

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Source: yahoo.com

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