At least 22 people were killed in clashes between government forces and rebels on the outskirts of the flashpoint city of Taiz in southwest Yemen, military sources said today.
The fighting late happened yesterday north of Taiz, held by loyalists but partly surrounded by Houthi rebels and their allies, left at least 14 rebels and eight soldiers dead, they said.
Residents said relative calm was restored in the area today.
In the north, two loyalist officers were killed in clashes around the Red Sea port town of Midi, the sources said, while a rights activist said a 13-year-old girl died when a shell fired by rebels crashed into her home in the southern province of al-Dhalea.
Yemen’s 20-month-old conflict has killed more than 7,000 people and wounded nearly 37,000, says the United Nations.
The Houthis overran the capital Sanaa and other parts of the impoverished country in September 2014, prompting a Saudi-led Arab military coalition to intervene six months later in support of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.