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Houthi militants and pro-Houthi police fire tear gas on anti-Houthi protesters demonstrating in Yemen’s southwestern city of Taiz on March 22. Reuters

Taiz- Yemeni legitimate government forces managed to take control of the presidential palace in the eastern area of the Yemeni city of Taiz amid clashes between Houthi militias and their allies from the forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

In a statement published on its Facebook page, 22 Mika Brigade, which is affiliated with the National Army, said that the presidential palace has been fully liberated after the army seized control of the presidential palace a week ago.

The National Army forces, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, launched early Monday a violent attack on positions of the Houthis and militants of Saleh on the eastern front of the city.

Spokesman of the Yemeni armed forces Brigadier General Abdo Majali told Asharq Al-Awsat that the army has liberated the presidential palace and Tashrifat Camp, adding that the Taiz front is witnessing violent confrontations around the clock.

Majali said the army has regained control over a number of important buildings where militia snipers were stationed, including the Faculty of Medicine, the Central Bank, Ammar bin Yasser School (east) and other strategic buildings in other fronts.

He explained that the National Army seized the weapons, ammunition, and equipment held by the coup militias, which they had looted from the warehouses of the armed forces when they entered Taiz.

“Many victories are being achieved in southwest Taiz,” Majali added, “the army was able to take control over strategic and important sites in addition to liberating al-Salu district west Taiz.”

He pointed out that other fronts are still witnessing fierce battles, and the army is advancing and deterring militias’ attacks.