Yemeni forces kill 13 Houthi rebels in Taiz‏

Yemen's government forces declared on Monday the killing of about 13 Houthi rebels during hours of an armed confrontation in the southwestern province of Taiz.

"The national military forces managed to repulse an armed attack launched by the Houthis against the eastern parts of Taiz," the government forces said in a statement released by the state-run Saba News Agency.

Several Houthis rebels were also injured during the armed confrontation, the statement added.

On Sunday, the media center of the pro-government Giants Brigades announced deadly artillery shelling on the Houthi sites in western Taiz, Xinhua News Agency said.

The city center of Taiz is currently under the control of the Yemeni government, while the outskirts of the city and areas in the countryside of the province are still witnessing armed confrontations between pro-government forces and the Houthi rebels.