More than 80 killed in past 24 hours in fight for Yemen’s Taiz

Published August 17th, 2015 - 12:13 GMT

Fierce clashes between Yemeni government loyalists and rebels in the country’s third largest city of Taiz have left more than 80 people dead in the last 24 hours, military sources told AFP on Monday.

The bodies of 50 Houthi rebels and their allies were retrieved from the city on Monday, in addition to 31 pro-government fighters who were also killed in the fighting, the sources said.

Loyalist forces have seized several strategic locations within the city with the support of Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, a pro-government militia spokesman said told AFP.

Clashes inside Taiz were ongoing Monday with fierce fighting around the rebel-held presidential palace, AFP reported.

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