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At least 22 dead in clashes in Yemen’s Taez

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A Yemeni tribesman from the Popular Resistance Committee, supporting forces loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, guard a position in the country's third-city of Taez during clashes with Shiite Huthi rebels,on December 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Ahmad AL-BASHA

A Yemeni tribesman from the Popular Resistance Committee, supporting forces loyal to Yemen’s Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, guard a position in the country’s third-city of Taez during clashes with Shiite Huthi rebels,on December 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Ahmad AL-BASHA

At least 22 people were killed in clashes between government forces and rebels on the outskirts of the flashpoint city of Taez in southwest Yemen, military sources said Tuesday.

The fighting late Monday north of Taez, held by loyalists but partly surrounded by Shiite Huthis and their rebel allies, left at least 14 rebels and eight soldiers dead, they said.

Residents said relative calm was restored on Tuesday.

In the north, two loyalist officers were killed in clashes around the Red Sea port town of Midi, the sources said, while a rights activist said a 13-year-old girl died when a shell fired by rebels crashed into her home in the southern province of Dhaleh.

Yemen’s 20-month-old conflict has killed more than 7,000 people and wounded nearly 37,000, the United Nations says.

The Huthis overran the capital Sanaa and other parts of the impoverished country in September 2014, prompting a Saudi-led Arab military coalition to intervene six months later in support of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.



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