Yemen clashes kill 35 as rebels try to retake western Taiz

AP , Sunday 20 Mar 2016

Yemeni security and medical officials say 35 fighters have been killed in clashes between Shia rebels and pro-government forces in Taiz, the country's third-largest city.

The officials say Shia rebels known as Houthis were trying to retake the western part of the city Saturday, while a Saudi-led coalition launched more than a dozen airstrikes to prevent the Houthis from advancing.

Yemen's civil war pits Houthi rebels against fighters allied with the internationally recognized government. A Saudi-led coalition began launching airstrikes against the Houthis in March 2015.

The Houthis had besieged Taiz for over a year until pro-government forces pushed them out of the western part of the city last week, reopening a passage into Taiz.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

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