Yemen: Fighting breaks out in Hodeidah

Fighting erupted in the key Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, resulting in the death of civilians, pro-government fighters and members of the Houthi militia.

Yemeni security officials said fighting began March 24 and continued for more than a day. There were reports of fires along front lines in eastern and southern Hodeidah and exchanges of artillery fire shook the city, the Associated Press reported.

The new round of fighting was said to be the heaviest since a ceasefire went into effect December 18.

“The Houthis tried a surprise assault on our troops but we stopped them,” a military source from the internationally recognised government told Thomson Reuters. The Houthis’ Al Masirah television accused government forces of shelling their positions without provocation.