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SANAA, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- The Yemeni army on Tuesday recaptured another strategic mountain near the southeastern tip of the Houthi-held capital Sanaa, a government military source said.

"The army advanced this morning onto Al-Bayadh mountain and seized it from the Iran-backed Houthi militia," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

"One soldier was killed and another eight were wounded in the battle," the source added.

The Houthi group has made no comment on the battle, but local media reported the death of dozens from both sides.

Al-Bayadh mountain, located in the southwestern district of Rahabah in the central province of Marib, is a big mountain overlooking Sanaa.

On Sunday, the army seized control of the strategic chain of Al-Abzakh mountains in the same district.

Meanwhile, the fighting between the army and Houthi rebels continues on other frontlines in Marib's western districts of Sirwah and Jabal Murad, according to the local media.

The Houthis began in February a major offensive on Marib in an attempt to seize control of the oil-rich province, the government's last northern stronghold.

The United Nations has warned that the offensive on Marib, which hosts nearly 1 million internally displaced people, could lead to a major humanitarian catastrophe.

Yemen's civil war flared up in late 2014 when the Houthi group seized control of much of the country's north and forced the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi out of Sanaa.

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