Government forces clash with Houthis in Yemen's Taiz
Clashes broke out on Saturday between government forces and Houthi militia in Yemen's southwestern governorate of Taiz, resulting in multiple casualties, a government military official told Xinhua.
The conflict, which lasted for several hours, was triggered by an attempted infiltration by Houthi fighters into positions held by Yemeni government forces on the eastern outskirts of Taiz province, stated the local military source, who requested anonymity.
The government forces successfully repelled the Houthi assault, resulting in the death of four Houthi fighters and injuries to five others, the official confirmed, adding that two soldiers from the government side lost their lives during the fighting.
The Houthi group has yet to respond to the conflict.
The fighting in Taiz coincides with attempts of regional and global powers to make headway in diplomatic endeavors towards restarting negotiations between the warring factions in Yemen, with the aim of renewing a prior humanitarian truce that was facilitated by the United Nations.
Yemen has been embroiled in a civil war since late 2014, when the Houthi rebel fighters invaded a number of northern provinces and drove the Yemeni government out of the capital city of Sanaa.
The years-long military conflict has resulted in a dire humanitarian situation in Yemen, with millions needing assistance and access to basic necessities.
(Cover: Government troops repel a Huthi rebel offensive on oil-rich Marib, some 120 kilometers east of Yemen's rebel-held capital Sanaa, February 14, 2021. /CFP)