Yemeni pro-government forces yesterday gained ground around third city Taez which has been under rebel siege for several months, an official said.
The loyalists backed by a Saudi-led military coalition took back areas in the western and southern suburbs of the city, its governor Ali al-Maamari said.
They “reopened key roads that the Houthis (Iran-backed rebels) had been blocking for nine months,” said the governor, who lives in exile in Saudi Arabia.
That should allow for humanitarian and medical aid to reach the city’s around 200,000 besieged inhabitants, he said. A source in the army’s 35th brigade confirmed that loyalists had seized Al Misrakh area to the south of Taez city after heavy fighting that led to several deaths over the past days.
Dozens of military vehicles carried rebel fighters out of the western suburb of Taez towards the city of Hodeida on the Red Sea, witnesses said.
The coastal city remains under the control of the insurgents and their allies, army units loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Taez is located between the rebel-held capital Sanaa and the southern port city of Aden, which loyalists took back from the Houthis in July.
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