Middle East

Yemen militia make gains against Houthis in central city: residents

An image grab taken from an AFP video shows armed militiamen loyal to Yemen's fugitive President Abderabbo Mansour Hadi firing from a tank during clashes with Shiite Huthi rebels in the southern Yemeni city of Taez on April 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SALAH MOHAMMED

SANAA: A group of tribal and Islamist fighters in the strategically important central Yemeni city of Taez on Sunday took back several districts from the Iran-allied Houthi militia amid heavy fighting, residents said.

The reverses deal a blow to the Houthis in an area they have controlled largely unopposed for more than a month. They may be a sign that more than a month of Saudi-led air strikes against Houthi forces have emboldened armed opposition groups.





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