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15 Jan 2020 | 02:20 PM UTC

Yemen: Yemeni army kills five Houthi militants in Dhale province January 15 /update 1

Yemeni army kills five Houthi militants in Dhale province January 15; further clashes to be expected between military and Houthis in region over the near term

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Event

The Yemeni army killed five Houthi militants, including a commander, in western parts of Dhale province, according to reports issued Wednesday, January 15. Additional clashes were reported in the province's Qa'atabah district, lasting for hours and resulting in an unspecified number of Houthi casualties.

Further clashes between the Yemeni military and Houthi militants in Dhale province over the near term.

Context

Yemen is engaged in a complex and deadly conflict, ongoing since Houthi rebels entered into a civil war with the Yemeni government, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, in 2015. The Saudi-led coalition has carried out thousands of airstrikes in Yemen since its intervention began. Hundreds of Yemeni civilians have been killed in the strikes, which have hit schools, hospitals, and markets, in addition to Houthi militant positions and personnel. In total, more than 10,000 Yemenis have died in the fighting and some 3 million have been displaced.

Advice

Due to poor security conditions, many Western governments strongly advise their citizens against all travel to Yemen. Travel to the country should only be considered with proper security protocols in place. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.