Heavy casualties in Yemen as Swiss peace talks due to end

Armed Yemeni tribesmen from the Popular Resistance Committees fire as they hold a position in the area of Sirwah, west of Marib city, on December 18, 2015Fierce fighting between government forces and Iran-backed rebels in Yemen produced heavy casualties Saturday amid UN alarm at ceasefire violations ahead of a final day of peace talks in Switzerland. At least 68 people were killed near the northern town of Haradh, which was overrun by loyalists on Thursday, military and tribal sources said. The casualties were 28 troops and 40 Shiite Huthi rebels, with another 50 Huthis and 40 loyalists wounded.

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