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Iran-backed Yemen’s Houthi missile attack kills three children in Taiz

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Yemen’s Houthi forces fired a missile on Sunday at a school in the Taiz region where pro-government forces are stationed, killing 15 soldiers, as well as three children who were nearby, two residents and military sources said.

The residents told Reuters the children - two brothers and their relative - were in the area when the missile struck the school in Kadha district in the west of Taiz governorate.

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Two military sources said 15 soldiers were killed. They said the school had previously been used by Houthi forces and was taken over after pro-government fighters seized Kadha last week.

A Houthi official did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Fighting has recently escalated in the disputed Taiz in southwestern Yemen between fighters loyal to the internationally recognized government and the Houthi militia which ousted it from power in the capital Sanaa in 2014.

The US envoy to Yemen said on Friday that a “sound plan” for a nationwide truce had been before Houthi leadership for “a number of days” but that it appeared the group was prioritizing its military offensive in Marib, the government’s last stronghold.

Military sources told Reuters fighting in Marib had eased on Sunday.

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