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Yemeni Child in a Sanaa livestock market, A.F.P

Taiz- The Saudi-led Arab Coalition air campaign to save Yemen launched a series of tactical raids on Sunday against reinforcement and artillery warehouses belonging to Houthi and allied coup militias.

The operation was staged in Taiz -Yemen’s third largest city- and cost grave losses to Houthi insurgents and allies found in fighters supporting ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Eye witnesses told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the coalition’s airplanes zeroed in on militant strongholds located in the Hayfan District, south of Taiz, in addition to Houthi set ups and centers in al-Akbosh village.

Clashes pitting pro-legitimacy forces (the national army and the popular resistance) and coup militias composed largely of Houthis and pro-Saleh fighters renewed across the western front, as militia forces attempt to retake lost land gained by pro-government forces.

In a desperate move to restore lost stations, insurgency militias continue to send in for military reinforcements to arrive at points still under insurgency hold, bolstering their stance.

As they fear losing further influence, most locations coup militias attempt to preserve hold over are situated around Taiz.

Popular Resistance sources located in Taiz told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that fierce clashes being launched by Houthi militants are chiefly inspired by vengeance, and have resorted to violence in which coup fighters attack and shell civilian locations when rendered incapacitated.

In compensation to insurgency violence, official National Army Spokesperson in Taiz Col. Mansour al Hassani announced that a YER 100,000 reimbursement for each family who had lost a martyr in Taiz. The endowment will be dispensed by the Yemeni National Army– all relatives can cash in the donation at the closest accredited agency.

Humanitarian aid and relief coalition in Taiz announced delivering medical supplies donated by Kuwait to hospitals in Taiz.

Attending physician Dr. Imad al-Mojahed said that the aid delivered to Taiz’ Al-Suweidi Hospital for children is worth YER 7.5 million in medical aid, which comes at a time that Taiz hospitals suffer dire humanitarian conditions caused by the ongoing war and the over a year old Houthi-imposed siege.