Riyadh: At least 20 Indian nationals were killed by Saudi-led coalition air strikes on fuel smugglers at Yemen’s Hodeidah port on Tuesday, residents and fishermen said. They said two boats were hit in the attack on an area called al-Khokha near Hodeidah port.
Independent Yemeni security officials and witnesses said 12 Shiite rebels were also killed in airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition in the province of Marib, where a rebel missile strike killed 45 Emirati soldiers earlier this week.
Officials from the rebel group, known as Houthis, confirm more than 20 airstrikes occured on Tuesday.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorised to brief reporters.
The latest strikes come a day after the government announced that 10,000 Yemeni fighters are now ready as part of the “national army being prepared to liberate Sanaa and other provinces”.
Gulf Arab members of the Saudi-led anti-rebel coalition have also reportedly sent thousands of heavily armed reinforcements to Yemen after a Huthi missile attack killed 60 coalition soldiers on Friday.
The additional troops, mostly from Qatar and Saudi Arabia, were deployed to the battleground eastern oil province of Marib where the attack took place, the reports said.