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Dozens killed in clashes in besieged Yemeni city of Taiz

Clashes between Shiite rebels and local fighters in the besieged Yemeni city of Taiz have intensified, killing at least 45 people on both sides over the past 24 hours, medical officials said.

The city has seen heavy fighting between rebels known as Houthis and local resistance units financed and armed by the Saudi-led coalition that is backing Yemen's internationally recognised government.

The local fighters have been advancing and have taken control of Taiz's western outskirts.

The medical officials said most of the 45 killed over the past 24 hours died in air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition.

The Houthis have besieged Taiz, widely known as Yemen's cultural centre, for over a year.


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