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A Step Closer to Freeing Yemen’s Taiz, Religious Guidance Ministry Working Procedures for This Year’s Yemeni Pilgrims | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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A Popular Resistance fighter examines the destruction at the national museum in Taiz (Reuters)

Yemen’s Vice President Ali Mohsen Saleh Al-Ahmar said that the country’s national army supported by Popular Resistance forces, and the Saudi-led coalition forces, made substantial progress on the battlefield in the governorate of Taiz, south-west of the country.

The pro-legitimacy forces are fighting battles pitting them against insurgency militias, which are mainly composed of Houthi gunmen and fighters supporting ousted Yemeni former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

VP Al-Ahmar pointed out that the army and the resistance completed the initial phases of fully liberating the city of Taiz.

Most of the progress was made across western, eastern and northern axis of the city front.

On the other hand, Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdul Malik al-Mikhlafi met with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein on Friday.

During the meeting, they reviewed latest developments and challenges faced by the Yemeni government concerning human rights.

As for Yemeni Muslim civilians, the emergency committee at the Yemeni Endowment and Religious Guidance Ministry is sparing no effort on completing border procedures for Yemeni pilgrims wishing to perform Haj and Umrah rituals this year.

The committee, charged with the task of facilitating the issues and affairs of Yemeni pilgrims, is headquartered at Al-Wadia border crossing under the direct supervision of Fuad Omar bin Ali bin Al-Sheikh Abu Baker, minister of endowments and religious guidance in Yemen, according to a report in a local newspaper.