Fierce battles rage on Yemen’s coast

Crucial route for shipping to the West.

Fierce battles rage on Yemen’s coast near strategic entrance to Red Sea strait

By AHMED AL-HAJ, Associated Press

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Fierce battles raged between pro-government fighters clashing with Shiite Houthi rebels and allied military units along Yemen’s Red Sea coast Sunday, Yemeni security officials said.

The officials, who remain neutral in the conflict that has splintered the country, said the fighting took place between Bab al-Mandab — the strategic entrance to the Red Sea — and the port city of Mokha. They said the Saudi-led coalition is attempting to clear a path for the pro-government fighters toward Mokha.

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