Hodeida: Clashes and air strikes have left 84 people dead around Yemen’s Red Sea port city of Hodeida since the collapse of UN-brokered peace talks, hospital sources said yesterday.

The sources in Hodeida province, controlled by the Iran-backed Al Houthi militia, said 11 soldiers and 73 insurgents had been killed since the talks were abandoned on Saturday.

Dozens of militiamen and at least 17 soldiers had been wounded.

Attempted peace talks between Yemen’s Saudi-backed government and Al Houthis collapsed on Sunday, sparking fears of an escalation in the Yemen conflict.

Al Houthis refused to leave Yemen for Geneva, alleging the UN had not met their demands - including a plane to transport their wounded to nearby Oman and a guarantee their delegation would be allowed to return to the capital Sana’a.