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Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis say nearly 15,000 of its fighters killed since mid-June

Illustrative: Tribesmen loyal to Houthi rebels raise their weapons during a gathering against the agreement to establish diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
Illustrative: Tribesmen loyal to Houthi rebels raise their weapons during a gathering against the agreement to establish diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Nearly 15,000 Yemeni Houthi fighters have been killed near the strategic city of Marib since June, two sources close to the Iran-backed rebels tell AFP today.

“The airstrikes launched by the Saudi-led military coalition and the battles have killed nearly 14,700 Houthis since mid-June near Marib,” says an official at the rebel-run defense ministry. Another official from the same office confirms the toll.

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