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Seven Yemeni soldiers were killed

Posted by FREE ADEN on September 14, 2009

Taken from video issued by Hothies leader Abdel Malik al-Howthi Media office.

Taken from video issued by Hothies leader Abdel Malik al-Howthi Media office.

Seven Yemeni soldiers, including a colonel, were killed in an ambush in the northern mountains as they pressed a month-old offensive against Shiite rebels, the army confirmed on Monday.

Earlier witnesses told AFP the ambush took place late on Sunday on the road linking Saada province — a rebel stronghold on the Saudi border — with Jawf province further east.

Four rebels were later killed in the same area as they clashed with troops, the witnesses added.

A military source said air strikes targeted rebel positions after the ambush, and added that the dead officer, Colonel Saleh al-Malawi, was given a full military funeral in Sanaa attended by President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

On Sunday, the army said that it killed 22 rebels and captured seven more in different operations over the weekend, as it intensified efforts to reopen key routes in Saada province and Amran province to its south.

By: AFP

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