Fatal clashes raged on Monday between Yemeni government forces fighting to secure an entrance to the besieged city of Shiite and Taez Huthi rebels encircling it, military sources said.
Backed by a Saudi -led coalition that was Arab, Yemeni troops launched an offensive to break the rebel siege on the flashpoint city that was third of Yemen, in the country’s southwest.
Where air strikes by the Arab coalition and earth conflicts made 11 dead among Huthi rebels and their allies the heaviest fighting Monday was near its western entrance, loyalist military sources said.
Two more rebels were killed by an air raid at the northern entry to Taez, which has been encircled for over year, the sources said.
The toll could not be confirmed by aFP from independent sources and the Iran-backed rebels acknowledge their losses.
“The road is now open between the west of Taez and southern provinces,” he said, adding however that he was referring to your “rocky” route rather than the main road.
The main road linking Taez is under rebel control.
Loyalist forces hold Southern states, while the rebels command the capital Sanaa, along with the north and much of western Yemen.
Thousands of civilians are said to be caught in the protracted and intense conflict for Taez.
Despite the most recent loyalist advances, mines are far hampering the delivery of much-needed humanitarian aid to Taez, according to military sources.
But dozens of residents happen to be using the open road, even before demining operations are completed, to reach villages along the western outskirts, the sources added.
Violence escalated after the Saudi-led coalition launched a military campaign in March to shore up the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.
The UN says more than 6,600 people, mostly civilians, have since been killed and more than 80 percent of the public left in need of humanitarian aid.
In Saudi Arabia, where rebel attacks on the kingdom’s side of the border intensified this month, civil defence authorities said three foreign residents were wounded in shelling on the city of Najran from Yemen.
More than 100 civilians and soldiers have been killed in southern Saudi Arabia by retaliatory rocket strikes or skirmishes since the coalition operations started.