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Saudi-led air strike in Yemen may have killed 20 Indians, MEA yet to confirm reports

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

New Delhi: Twenty Indians may have been killed during the Saudi-led coalition air strike on fuel smugglers at a Yemeni port, according to a Times of India report.

The Saba news agency controlled by the Houthis also reported that 15 people were killed in the Saudi airstrike on Sanaa. But, the reports are yet to be confirmed by the Ministry of External Affairs. MEA spokesman Vikas Swarup has been quoted by TOI as saying: “We are ascertaining the facts about the reports.”

Yemen plunged into a civil war after the Houthi rebel forces managed to capture the capital city of Sanaa last September. Following this, India had shut down its embassy in Yemen and had evacuated all those Indians who wanted to leave.

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Yemen’s Key Port City Faces Clash after Cease-Fire

They say the combat began overnight into Sunday, leaving fires burning on the main front lines in the city

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FILE - Cargo ship and oil tanker ship are idle at the port of Hodeida, Yemen, Sept. 29, 2018. VOA

Yemen’s security officials and eyewitnesses say that fighting has erupted in the key port city of Hodeida, the first significant clashes since warring sides agreed to a U.N.-brokered cease-fire deal in December.

They say the combat began overnight into Sunday, leaving fires burning on the main front lines in the city’s east and south, while exchanges of artillery fire shook the beleaguered city.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren’t authorized to brief journalists, while witnesses did so for fear of their safety.

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Clashes Break out in Yemen’s Key Port City after Cease-Fire. Pixabay

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The fighting comes days after the internationally recognized Yemeni government, along with allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, accused the Houthi rebel foes of breaking the cease-fire and refusing to withdraw their forces from the city in line with the December agreement. (VOA)