Deadly battles as Yemen army seeks to break Taez siege

A tribesman from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting forces loyal to Yemen's President, holds a position in the city of Taez, on August 9, 2016Deadly clashes raged on Monday between pro-Iran rebels and Yemeni government forces battling to secure an entrance to the besieged city of Taez, military sources said. Backed by a Saudi-led Arab coalition, Yemeni troops launched an offensive last week to break the rebel siege on Yemen’s flashpoint third city, in the country’s southwest. The heaviest fighting Monday was near its western entrance where air strikes by the Arab coalition and ground battles left 11 dead among Huthi rebels and their allies, loyalist military sources said.

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