SANAA, Yemen 

Government forces repelled a rebel attack in Yemen’s southwestern Taiz province on Tuesday, amid reports of casualties, according to a local military spokesman.

“Houthi rebels launched a fierce attack in an attempt to capture the strategic al-Hamra plateau in western Taiz,” Colonel Waddah al-Dabesh told Anadolu Agency.

He said scores of rebels were killed and injured when government forces thwarted the attack.

The spokesman, however, did not specify whether there were any casualties among government forces.

There was no comment from the Houthi group on the claim.

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