"The Houthis carried out a large military operation and targeted several sites controlled by forces of the government in the northwestern areas of Taiz which is still besieged by the rebel militia," a local military official said on condition of anonymity.
After hours of intense clashes, the government forces succeeded in aborting the Houthi offensive targeting key sites belonging to the air defense base of the government in Taiz.
The battles, which are still going on sporadically, have killed four government soldiers and six Houthi fighters.
These civilian objects & residential buildings will always bear witness to Houthi terrorism against #Taiz After the Houthis' coup in September 2014, they invaded Taiz, as well as the south. They invaded Taiz in February 2015 by force of arms. pic.twitter.com/YGycHrk2kc
The recent military escalation came after the government and the Houthi group failed to extend a national truce that expired on Oct. 2, raising concerns about the return of violence to the war-ravaged Arab country.
Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014 when the Houthi militia stormed several northern cities and forced the Saudi-backed Yemeni government out of the capital Sanaa.
The war has killed tens of thousands of people, displaced 4 million, and pushed the country to the brink of starvation.
The #UnitedStates is the largest exporter of arms and bombs worldwide, dominating over one-third of global sales in the past five years. Over half has gone to the Middle East - mostly to Saudi Arabia, which has brutalized the people of #Yemen. pic.twitter.com/P15UfjRPZA