The Yemeni army said on Sunday a rebel commander was killed in clashes in the southern Ad Dali’ province.

The army’s September Net website said Ali Mohamed Ali al-Zarqi was killed, along with a number of Houthi rebels, in the city of Qa’taba in the province.

According to the website, Yemeni forces carried out a surprise attack on the rebels, leaving a number of them dead and injured, but did not give an exact number of casualties.

There was no comment from Houthi rebels on the claim.

The Yemeni army controls most of province, while a number of pockets are still held by Houthi rebels.

Yemen has been engulfed by violence and instability since 2014, when Houthi rebels captured much of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

A Saudi-led coalition aimed at reinstating the Yemeni government has worsened the situation, causing one of the world’s worst man-made humanitarian crisis, as millions are on the brink of starvation.

*Ibrahim Mukhtar contributed to this report from Ankara

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