Pro-government forces capture Republican Palace in Taez
ADEN // Pro-government Yemeni forces seized the Republican Palace in Taez from Houthi rebels on Monday, gaining a strategic advantage on the eastern front of a long-running battle to control the south-western city.
The popular resistance fighters stormed the provincial administrative complex at noon, killing dozens of rebels, said a source in the militia. Seven rebels were arrested, including child fighters.
“The Republican Palace overlooks several areas under the control of the Houthis rebels, so its capture is a major step towards the liberation of Al Hawban and other areas in the eastern front,” the source said.
“The pro-government forces have tried more than once to liberate the palace but they could not capture it,” he said.
Fighting continued around the palace as pro-government forces tried to drive the rebels back to prevent a return attack, he said. They were also sweeping the palace for landmines planted by the Houthis.
Col Abdubasset Al Bahr, a leader of the pro-government forces in Taez, said a total of 78 Houthi rebels had been killed in the fighting on Monday.
Pro-government forces have been closing in on the Republican Palace since last week. Three journalists were killed by rebel shelling on Friday as they covered the advance.
Updated: May 29, 2017 04:00 AM