April 24, 2016 / 9:52 AM / a year ago

Saudi-led coalition says kills more than 800 militants in Yemen

DUBAI (Reuters) - More than 800 al Qaeda militants were killed in an offensive by Yemeni government forces and its Arab allies in the group’s main stronghold in the port city if Mukalla, the Saudi-led coalition said.

People inspect damage at a site hit by Saudi-led air strikes in the al Qaeda-held port of Mukalla city in southern Yemen April 24, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

The coalition said in a statement carried by Saudi state news agency SPA late on Sunday night that many militants fled the Hadramout provincial capital they had held for a year after the offensive by supporters of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi backed by Saudi and Emirati special forces.

Reporting by Ahmed Tolba in Cairo, writing by Sami Aboudi

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