A Yemeni tribesman from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting forces loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, holds a position in the country's third city of Taez, on Aug. 9, 2016. / AFP / AHMAD AL-BASHA
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Yemen troops Thursday launched a bid to break a rebel siege of third city Taez, with fierce fighting leaving five soldiers and 13 insurgents dead, military sources said.One military source said the troops made "a relative breakthrough" by driving the Huthi rebels from several positions around the city.A pro-government activist, Abdel Majid al-Dhababi, confirmed that troops had made progress after months of trying to break the siege of Taez.He told AFP the army "practically succeeded in breaking the blockade from the west.In March, loyalist forces backed by Saudi-led airstrikes managed to break the rebel siege of Taez after fierce clashes but the insurgents later re-imposed a blockade on the city.
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