Scores of Houthi militias killed in coalition air strikes

Dust rises from the site of a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz.

Dust rises from the site of a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen’s southwestern city of Taiz.

More than 120 Iranian-backed Houthi militias and loyalists to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh were killed during an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition on Yemen’s central governorate of Amran, Al Arabiya News Channel reported Tuesday.

The Saudi-led coalition also targeted Houthi gatherings in the western Hodeidah province, as well as the southern city of Aden and the central city of Ibb.

It also hit a Houthi military convoy on its way to the southwestern city of Taiz, according to the channel.

Also on Tuesday, the U.N. envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed continued meetings with Houthi officials in Sanaa to try to broker a ceasefire to allow aid deliveries, according to the Reuters news agency.

The United Nations has been pushing for a halt to air raids and intensified fighting that began on March 26 this year.

More than 3,000 people have been killed since then as the Arab coalition tries to stop the Houthis moving across the country from the north.

The U.N. says more than 80 percent of Yemen’s 25 million people need some form of humanitarian aid.


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