Tribal fighters prepare to take their positions on a street during fighting with Shiite rebels known as Houthis, in Taiz, Yemen, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Abdulnasser Alseddik)
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A key member of a Saudi-led Arab coalition has blamed Islamists for delays in its military operations to expel Houthi rebels from the key southwestern province of Taiz.On the ground, loyalist troops and allied Popular Resistance fighters fired Katyusha rockets and mortar rounds at rebel positions, said Fadhl Hasan, commander of the operations to retake Rahida.Pro-government forces have retaken "19 military positions" from the rebels in areas surrounding Rahida since the offensive began a week ago, Hasan said.Hasan said one of his troops was killed when a land mine exploded Monday.The coalition's combat planning chief Saturday defended the air war in Yemen against widespread international concern about high numbers of civilian casualties.
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