Over 70 killed in battle for Yemen's Taiz city

    Over 70 killed in battle for Yemen's Taiz city

    Oct.23, Sanaa: More than 70 people have been killed in heavy fighting between pro-government forces and the Shiite Houthi rebels besieging the western city of Taiz in the past two days, security officials in Yemen said on Friday. Among those killed 11 were civilians and rest were fighters from both sides. 

    Another 100 people have been wounded in fighting in the city, where a Saudi-led coalition is carrying out airstrikes against the rebels.

    Yemen's fighting pits the Houthis and allied army units against forces loyal to the internationally recognized government as well as southern separatists and other militants. The U.N. says at least 2,577 civilians were killed since the Saudi-led air campaign began in March.

    Also Friday, coalition airstrikes hit a Houthi-held security administration building in the central Ibb province, killing at least seven rebels and destroying weapon supplies, security officials there said.

    All officials remain neutral in the conflict that has splintered Yemen's armed forces. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to brief reporters.

    The Oslo Times


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