Yemen fighting persists outside rebel-held capital

Armed pro-regime tribesmen fire rockets during clashes with Huthi rebels on the outskirts of Marib, east of the Yemeni capital Sanaa on December 18, 2015Yemeni loyalists killed at least 20 Iran-backed rebels Saturday in a pushback against insurgents seeking to retake positions to the northeast of the capital they control, military sources said. “At least 20 Huthis were killed” since Friday night, another military source said, adding that an unspecified number of loyalist troops also died in the fighting. Last week, pro-government forces captured the Jabal al-Salb area 40 kilometres (25 miles) outside Sanaa.

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