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14 killed in Taiz shelling attack

Medical sources have reported that 14 civilians were killed in a shelling attack in the Yemeni city of Taiz on Wednesday evening. 
Houthi fighters and their allies, forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, fired shells that fell on their neighbourhoods, the sources said.
The sources said the shells also wounded some 70 people in the neighbourhoods of Tahrir and Daboua in the city of Taiz, in southwestern Yemen.
The Iran-allied Houthis and Saleh's forces are battling a Saudi-led coalition which is trying to restore the government of Yemen's current president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, which is now based in the southern Yemeni port of Aden.
Taiz, one of the largest cities in Yemen, has for weeks been a main battleground between the two sides and the fighting has caused significant casualties and forced thousands to flee.
Houthi officials were not immediately available to comment.
At least 5,400 people have been killed in the fighting in Yemen, the poorest country on the Arabian Peninsula, since March. The United Nations says the humanitarian situation, exacerbated by a Saudi blockade of Yemen's ports, is "critical".
Air strikes by the Arab coalition have struck civilian targets on at least four different occasions in recent weeks, including a wedding party in the Red Sea village of Al-Wahijah on September 28 that killed 131 people, drawing strong condemnation from UN.Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon.
The Saudi-led coalition has gained ground in southern Yemen, but Houthi forces remain in control of much of the country despite the almost daily air strikes.
Source: Reuters