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UAE-backed forces attack Yemen forces' camp

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Violent clashes broke out yesterday between Yemeni security and Emirati-backed forces who tried to storm the headquarters of the Special Security in the Yemeni governorate of Taiz, south the country.

Two sources from the Khiyami region west of Taiz told Anadolu Agency that violent clashes had erupted between security forces loyal to the internationally recognized government, and militia belonging to the UAE-backed Abu El-Abbas battalions in the vicinity of the security camp's region.

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The two sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons, said that armed groups led by a person called Burhan Al Qasimi tried to storm the camp, in which the headquarter of the Special Security Command is located, but they faced substantial resistance by the security elements.

Impoverished Yemen has been beset by violence and chaos since 2015, when the Houthis overran much of the country, including the capital, Sanaa. The crisis escalated in 2015 when a Saudi-led military coalition launched a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi territorial gains.

The war, in which the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) back the Saudi-led coalition, has killed more than 100,000 people and pushed millions to the brink of famine, according to the United Nations (UN) official data.

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