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Yemen forces take over official sites in Taiz

May 1, 2018 at 1:39 pm

An armoured vehicle is seen as government forces clash with the Houthis during an operation in Taiz province, Yemen on 6 April, 2017 [Abdulnasser Alseddik/Anadolu Agency]

Yemeni government forces yesterday regained control of all official buildings in the city of Taiz.

A spokesman for the Yemeni army in Taiz, Colonel Abdul Basset Al-Bahr told the Anadolu Agency that “the Yemeni police, public security forces, special security forces and presidential protection forces took over the Taiz military headquarters, the tax office, the finance office, and the post office,” adding that “the handover was carried out under the supervision of Governor Amin Mahmoud and the security committee in the province.”

“The areas under the Yemeni government authority in Taiz have become one secure region under one command’” he said.

Although the government forces did not give details about the gunmen who handed the buildings over, local Yemeni sources said they were affiliated with a Salafi leader named Abu Al-Abbas.

A majority of the city of Taiz, which is under government control, has been surrounded by Houthi rebels for more than three years.

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