Yemenis seek to break Taiz siege with new road

The road, stretching more than 150km, will pass through Taiz city, Dhabab and Turbia towns and end in the Southern port of Aden. (Masdar Online)

Yemenis in cities near Taiz have started constructing an earth road linking the besieged governorate with Aden to break the rebel siege and ensure access of relief aid, a Yemeni news network reported on Sunday.

The road, stretching more than 150km, will pass through Taiz city, Dhabab and Turbia towns and end in the southern port of Aden, which was seized by the Saudi-led Arab coalition and the national resistance a few weeks ago.

“Work on the road has started. It is intended to break the siege imposed on Taiz city by the Houthis and forces loyal to deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh,” Masdar Online said, quoting residents and resistance sources.

It said hundreds people are working on the road to ensure food, medicine and other relief aid into the besieged city, adding that the rebels are still preventing the entry of all relief items and water as they continue to shell residential areas there.

The network, meanwhile, quoted military sources as saying coalition warplanes launched several raids on coup rebel positions around Taiz on Saturday. It said one of the raids targeted a Houthi security headquarters.

 

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