Gunfire and explosions on the streets of Taiz as armed militia loyal to Yemen president battle Houthis. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The so-called Popular Resistance in Taiz exchanged fierce fire with Houthi forces in the city of Taiz on Monday (April 20). The fighters claim loyalty to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who is now in exile in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Reuters video show fighters with machine guns and rocket launchers running and firing in the streets of the highland city, explosions and tank movement. Saudi Arabia has led an alliance of Sunni Arab countries in air strikes against the Iran-allied Shi'ite Houthi group and army units loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Iran summoned Saudi Arabia's envoy to Tehran on Monday over the explosion near its embassy in Sanaa, Iranian state TV said. The Shi'ite Islamic Republic has repeatedly summoned the Sunni-ruled kingdom's envoy over disputes arising from a conflict seen as a struggle for influence between the two regional powers. The Houthi movement's leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said in a televised speech on Sunday that the group believed its northern neighbor sought to invade and occupy Yemen, but that his people had the right to resist "by any means".