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New Yemen offensive looks to break deadlock

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Forces loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni president are deployed in the coastal district of Dhubab on January 7, 2017Yemeni pro-government forces have launched a major offensive to push Shiite rebels from coastal areas, in a move analysts say aims to end a military stalemate and jumpstart political talks. Supported by coalition air and sea support, loyalist forces launched operation “Golden Spear” on Saturday in Yemen’s western Dhubab district, about 30 kilometres (20 miles) north of the strategic Bab al-Mandab Strait. The goal is to drive Huthi rebels from all of Yemen’s Red Sea coast, which stretches some 450 kilometres (280 miles).

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