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Yemen Houthi Rebels Set New Condition for Lifting Siege of Taiz

Children walk past a shrapnel-ridden vehicle in Yemen's rebel-besieged city of Taez, on June 9.

Children walk past a shrapnel-ridden vehicle in Yemen's rebel-besieged city of Taez, on June 9.

Photographer: Ahmad Al-Basha/AFP/Getty Images

Yemen Shiite Houthi rebels have set a new condition for partially lifting the siege of the city of Taiz as a part of the truce which went into effect April 2.

In a statement, the Houthi ruling political council said they would not open the main road which links Taiz city with Sana’a and other governorates unless the “militia leave the city,” referring to the government forces which have been battling them since 2015.