Taiz: further deaths in regime-opposition conflict.
TAIZ, Oct. 25 -- Taiz witnessed heavy shelling in the ongoing
conflict between the Republican Guard and the armed opposition
throughout Tuesday, starting from the early hours of the morning. Eight
people died, including a child and two women, while 25 received
injuries. The opposition initiated attacks on government and military
locations around Gurra Mountain, where the state army has a military
camp. Seven soldiers were killed in the conflict and seven more injured
before the opposition was successful in taking over the mountain.
"The defenders of the revolution were able to gain control of Gurra
Mountain and seize a number of the regime's military vehicles and
equipment," said a media spokesperson from Freedom Square in Taiz.
"We combed the Zaid Al-Moshiki residential compound and removed all
elements of state security." He added that the armed opposition was
able to confiscate two tanks that were stationed at the Health
Institution and Al-Thawra Hospital. Civilian causalities were caused
mostly by the Republican Guard, who launched their attacks randomly
against several locations in the city, including residential areas where
armed opposition members are thought to be hiding. Meanwhile, a security
official at the Republican Guard installation in Taiz said: "The
militias of the Muslim Brotherhood attacked the residential areas the
same way they attacked health institutions, using all types of light and
heavy weaponry." According to eyewitnesses, the regime's
retaliation caused extreme damage in residential areas. Dr. Akram
Abdulqader, from the field hospital in Taiz, said that the eight people
reported dead are only the ones whose bodies had been accounted for.
"There may be others under the rubble of destroyed houses; many of
the injured people are in critical condition and we could lose them any
minute," he said. The battles for control of Gurra Mountain in the
west of Taiz have been ongoing for the past two months, in large part
over because of its strategic location overlooking the city. The
mountain includes a historical monument called Al-Qahera [Cairo] Fort
that was renovated by UNESCO two years ago. Currently this historical
monument is being used as an active military post -- as it was centuries
ago -- and parts of it have already been damaged in the present
conflict. Most residents on or near the mountain have abandoned their
homes, while others continue to remain at risk as they have nowhere else
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