Yemen clashes kill 5 civilians as airstrikes pound rebels

SANAA:  Yemeni security officials say at least five civilians have been killed as a result of violent clashes in the cities of Aden, Taiz and Marib as Saudi-led coalition warplanes continue airstrikes across the country.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters, say two civilians were killed Saturday in both Aden and Marib, while one died in Taiz.

Among the heaviest fighting Saturday is in Marib, home to much of Yemen’s oil industry, where battles are raging between militias supporting Yemen’s embattled president and Shiite Houthi rebels, the officials say.

Meanwhile, United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed held consultations with Yemeni political groups in the capital, Sanaa, after peace talks were indefinitely postponed earlier this week.

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