Heavy fighting breaks out in Yemen’s Taiz

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At least 20 Iranian-backed Houthi militias were killed in heavy clashes in Yemen's third-largest city Taiz on Thursday, a day after they pounded it with rockets, forces loyal to the government said.

Taiz, considered Yemen's cultural capital, has suffered huge destruction since becoming a main battleground in a war between government supporters and the Iran-allied Houthis, who are backed by forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Meanwhile, a Saudi-led coalition trying to restore the government of Yemen's current president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has gained ground in the south, according to Reuters news agency.

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