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Yemen: Over 70 Coup Militiamen Killed in Taiz Clashes

Yemen: Over 70 Coup Militiamen Killed in Taiz Clashes

Monday, 29 January, 2018 - 11:30
Arab Coalition soldiers in Marib (AFP)

A Yemeni army military official reaffirmed on Sunday that pro-government troops in Taiz advanced, for the fourth day in a row, after carrying out military operations.

Commander of the 2nd Infantry Brigade Major General Fadl Hassan Mohammed said that operations came in accordance with military plans developed and approved by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition forces.

"Current operations in Taiz are ongoing and decisive, within the framework of an integrated military plan adopted by Arab Coalition command,” said Maj.Gen. Mohammed.

Over the course of the last two days, 77 Iran-backed Houthi militiamen were killed and dozens wounded, in clashes with the national army across various fronts, as Arab Coalition air raids supported the pro-government troops on the ground.

Incoming field reports show that the eastern front witnessed the most violent confrontations of all.

“No less than 10 coup gunmen were killed in an Arab Coalition raid Sunday morning west of Taiz, in addition to the deaths and injuries recorded among their ranks in other regions,” a Taiz-based military source told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Military forces in Taiz announced in a brief statement that “55 Houthi militiamen were killed, and dozens of others injured in clashes with National Army units and Arab coalition airstrikes during Saturday clashes in Taiz.”

On the Ma'rib front, a rocket fired by the Iran-backed Houthi terrorists on a house on the outskirts of the city killed a Yemeni woman and wounded three others.

A local source said the Katyusha rocket – which is fired from a truck – struck the home of one of the families who had returned from being displaced to their area in Jadaan northwest of Marib province.

The source said coup terrorists continue to target populated areas with Katyusha rockets, mortars and artillery in breach of international and humanitarian law.

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