Landmines slow key advance by Yemen loyalists

Residents inspect the debris of a building in Taez on November 1, 2015 after a reported Saudi-led coalition air strike against Shiite Huthi rebelsPro-government forces in Yemen pressed their advance Sunday to recapture the southwestern province of Taez but were slowed by landmines planted by Shiite rebels, military officials said. Government forces backed by air and ground support from a Saudi-led coalition launched an all-out offensive last week to push the Iran-backed rebels out of Taez and break the siege of loyalists in its provincial capital. “We have advanced after having cleared and destroyed a large quantity of anti-personnel and anti-tank mines planted by the Huthi rebels and their allies” amongst renegade troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, a military official said.

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