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400 Sudanese troops arrive in Yemen

More than 400 Sudanese troops arrived in Yemen’s southern city of Aden yesterday to participate in the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels.

A military source, who preferred not to be named, told AFP that the troops will join the 500 Sudanese soldiers who arrived in the coastal city on 19 October.

The reinforcements come as forces loyal to the Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi prepare to repel attacks by forces loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh and Houthi rebels.

A Saudi-led coalition of Arab countries regained control several areas south of the country two days ago.

Meanwhile, four Yemeni civilians were killed and others were wounded in missiles launched by Houthi gunmen yesterday in the city of Taiz.

A medical source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Anadolu Agency that “four civilians were killed and 15 were wounded by shells fired by Houthi militants on several neighbourhoods in the city of Taiz.”

Eyewitnesses reported that Houthi militants have shelled the neighbourhoods of Al-Rawda, Al-Madinah Al-Qadimah and Al-Thawrah.

Fierce battles continue between Houthi militants and popular resistance groups in several areas in Taiz.

A senior leader in the popular resistance, loyal to Hadi, attributed the delay in launching the Battle of Taiz to the difficulty of moving supplies and military vehicles from the coalition bases to resistance areas because Houthi rebels and their allies control the city’s entrances.

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