Yemeni forces loyal to the internally recognized President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi made gains on Sunday in the southwestern city of Taiz after days of intense battles with Houthi militants, a local official and residents said.
The Iran-backed Haddi supporters, who have been backed by air strikes from a Saudi-led coalition since March, made particular progress around the presidential palace, they added, a complex that has changed hands several times and been largely destroyed by fighting.
Medical sources said 13 Houthi militants had been killed in the fighting in Yemen’s third largest city as well as eight fighters loyal to Hadi. Reuters could not independently verify these accounts.
The Arab coalition is trying to restore Hadi’s government and fend off what it sees as creeping Iranian influence. The Houthis are allied to Iran and also have support from forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Several residents said that Hadi loyalists had managed to wrest control of a number of mountain peaks on the southern approach to Taiz, long regarded as Yemen’s cultural capital.
نستخدم ملفات الكوكيز لنسهل عليك استخدام مواقعنا الإلكترونية ونكيف المحتوى والإعلانات وفقا لمتطلباتك واحتياجاتك الخاصة، لتوفير ميزات وسائل التواصل الاجتماعية ولتحليل حركة المرور لدينا...اعرف أكثر