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ADEN, Yemen, Rival Yemeni armed groups, loyal to the Saudi-backed government, clashed in the troubled southern province of Taiz on Wednesday, a government official said.

The intra-faction fighting erupted between two Islamist groups, over the control of key government institutions in downtown Taiz, the province's capital city that bears the same name, the local government source said.

The fighting was concentrated in Jamal Street and areas controlled by Yemeni government forces and continued throughout the day, causing panic among civilians, according to local residents.

They said, plumes of black smoke could be seen rising from the fighting scene, as some masked gunmen torched stores and cars.

About six gunmen were killed from both warring factions and several civilians left injured at the scene, a local medical source said.

Taiz Province, under a total blockade, has long witnessed indiscriminate shelling by the Shiite Houthis, who control most parts of the province.

The legitimate government controls the south and some eastern parts, while the Houthi/Saleh alliance controls the other parts, including the capital, Sanaa.

The civil war has so far killed more than 10,000 people, half of them civilians, injured more than 35,000 others and displaced over two million, according to humanitarian agencies.


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