Seventeen rebels and eight Yemeni soldiers were killed in fierce fighting in the north of the country, a military source told AFP on Monday.

“There was fierce fighting in the (northern) city of Saada on Sunday. Seventeen Houthis (rebels) and eight Yemeni soldiers were killed,” the source said.

The rebels, also known as Zaidis, said in a statement posted on Monday on their website that clashes were still underway in Saada where they claimed the army was using bulldozers to “destroy” property. “The army is undertaking to destroy the city” of Saada, the statement said. “It is using bulldozers to destroy houses, mosques and historical buildings.” Daily Times

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