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Houthi Rebels Kidnap 6 Teachers Suspected of Supporting the Yemeni Army in Taiz | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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While new clashes between the national army in Yemen and Houthi – Saleh militias have erupted on the rural Al-Silew front in the governorate of Taiz, Houthi militias continue to commit violations there and have kidnapped 6 teachers in the Al-Waziyya district. The teachers are accused of supporting the national army and the Popular Resistance.

The national army’s forces, specifically the 35th Armoured Brigade, that are backed by the Popular Resistance managed to resist militia attacks on army positions in Asseeratayn and elsewhere. Violent clashes took place in Hijat Al-Sharaj which is located between the village of Assiyar and Asseeratayn.

The violent clashes were accompanied by constant bombardment of national army positions in Asseeratayn and neighbouring villages. The bombardment was carried out by the militia and this has led to civilians dying and financial losses.

The national army’s troops announced that they had seized Tabbat Al-Aryal in the district of Al-Silew after they launched attacks on militia positions. At least 20 militia fighters were killed or injured.

Although the army has achieved swift victories on the rural Al-Silew front, there were violent clashes on the Al-Ahkoum front in the rural district of Hifan. There were also exchanges of fire between army units and militia forces that suffered losses in Tabbat Al-Dabi.

This comes at a time when clashes continue on various fronts in the city and coalition aircraft are flying over the city. Coalition aircraft are carrying out direct and concentrated raids on separate locations in the governorate and this has caused huge losses.

Sources on the ground that belong to the ranks of the national army told Asharq Al-Awsat that “National Army troops, backed by the Popular Resistance, continue to advance on the Al-Silew and Hifan fronts, south of the city, and on the eastern, western and northern fronts in Taiz. The 35th Armoured Brigade and the Popular Resistance were able to seize Hijat Al-Sharaj and Tabbat Al-Aryal”.

The sources added that the militias continue to violently bomb residential villages in Al-Silew and that the village of Assaeed was targeted by three Katyusha rockets that were launched from the Wirzan area. In addition to this, other villages and positions belonging to the army and the Popular Resistance in the district of Hifan were bombed.