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Yemeni army thwarts attack by militias near Taiz

Reports say militias were forced to retreat and the military units have been combing the liberated areas in recent days west of Taiz

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Yemeni army and popular resistance forces have thwarted attacks by Houthi militias and forces loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh in Taiz. The attacks were thwarted in the eastern and western fronts of the city.

According to reports, militias were forced to retreat and the military units have been combing the liberated areas in recent days west of Taiz. Yemeni army and popular resistance forces have also besieged militias in camps near the presidential palace east of the city, reports said.

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Al-Arabiya sources in Yemen said that Houthi militias on Monday and Tuesday raided many houses and detained and abducted several people in Sanaa, Ibb and Hudaydah. Among those detained are an army officer, teachers, students, activists and military personnel who oppose the orientations and practices of Houthi militias and Saleh loyalists.

Some militiamen opened fire before being detained. Several people were injured in the old city of Sanaa and in the Hays district in Hudaydah. They also looted the homes and confiscated the property of some of the men they abducted.

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Air strikes carried out by the Coalition in the early hours of Wednesday killed and injured some militia commanders during a meeting in south Sanaa. Meanwhile, army and popular resistance forces continue to remove mines from the eastern neighborhoods of Taiz.

Meanwhile, Yemeni Army on Wednesday said it killed 16 Houthi militants in Hajjah province, north of Yemen, SPA news agency said. A statement issued by the Media Centre of the Fifth Military Region said that “the national army forces killed 16 members of the rebels, wounded others in Midi front and seized weapons and ammunition”.

This story is also available on Alarabiya.net