57 Killed as Fighting Over Yemen’s City of Taiz Picks Up

Six Civilians Among the Slain in Latest Fighting

At least 57 people were killed, including six civilians, in the latest round of fighting between the Houthi rebels and pro-Saudi forces around Yemen’s third largest city of Taiz. Locals say most of the slain were killed in Saudi airstrikes.

Some of the reports blamed a Houthi offensive against Saudi-held districts for the latest fighting, while others claimed locals loyal to the Saudis had attacked the Houthis to get them away from a key supply line for Saudi troops.

The split being reported on the 57 killed is 37 Houthis, 14 pro-Saudi fighters, and six civilians. Where the civilians were is unclear, though the Saudis blamed the Houthis for all their deaths, as they commonly do.

A ceasefire between the Houthis and the Saudi government was reached on the border earlier this week, though this does not apply to fighting elsewhere in the country, where the majority of the war has been.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.