A fighter loyal to Yemen's government mans a machine gun on the back of a patrol truck in Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz November 12, 2015. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub
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Not even hospitals are spared the shells that every day pound the city of Taiz, where Yemenis who took to the streets for democracy during the "Arab Spring" now just struggle for survival.Yemen's third-largest city is at the mercy of thousands of Houthi militiamen allied to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the man whom local people rose up against in 2011 .Of the more than 5,600 Yemenis killed in the civil war, medics in Taiz say more than 1,600 have died in the city which was once renowned for its cosmopolitan culture.Despite hundreds of Arab airstrikes throughout the country, the conflict is largely stalemated; Taiz remains split between Houthi-Saleh forces and pro-government gunmen fighting for every inch of the green, hilly city.Abdurraheem al-Sama'i, a local doctor, said the people injured by the shelling got little help inside city hospitals bereft of supplies and subject to repeated bombings.Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the global militant group's most potent branch, announced this week that it was fighting alongside other local militias to eject the Houthis from the city.
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