MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Houthi militias have forced more than 150 families out of their homes in a number of towns and villages in Yemen's southwestern province of Taiz, media reported on Wednesday.
Since clashes escalated between government forces and Houthi militias on Monday, more than 100 families from the As Silw District, east of Taiz, have been displaced, Al Arabiya reported, citing human rights organizations sources.
According to local sources, over 50 families from the towns of al-Dayh and al-Rawd, west of Taiz, were forced to leave their homes after threatening at gunpoint by Houthi rebels on Monday.
The situation in Yemen remains extremely unstable since the start of a military conflict in 2014 between the government forces headed by Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Houthi rebels, the main opposition force in the country, supported by army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
According to UN estimates, more than 10,000 people have died as a direct result of the conflict so far, and around 21.2 million individuals in Yemen are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.
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