Tribal fighters prepare to take their positions on a street during fighting with Al Houthi militants in Taiz, Yemen, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. Image Credit: AP

Dubai: At least 30 Al Houthi militants were killed in air strikes in the last 24 hours in Taiz as coalition forces carried out at least 20 air strikes.

The most recent air strikes on Wednesday targeted militants positioned near Taiz University. Six Al Houthi military vehicles that were carrying reinforcements were also bombed.

The Yemeni National Army along with the people’s resistance have also purged the Al Shamiatain directorate in Taiz of Al Houthi militants and forces allied to ousted Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

A military source told Sky News Arabia that the resistance had moved on from Al Shamiatain and were now headed to join battles in Al Wazia.

The resistance fighters thwarted Al Houthi attempts to cut the supply route from Aden through Haj and into Taiz after militia forces entered Al Wazia to try to control Mount Rasn.

The resistance liberated a number of areas in Al Wazia and took control of the centre of the Al Shakira directorate.

Meanwhile, violence confrontations broke out in the areas of Al Hassab and Al Dahi, where, according to Sky News Arabia, Al Houthi militants shelled residential neighborhoods with Katyusha rockets.

Human Rights Watch said Wednesday Al Houthis were using banned landmines, causing multiple new civilian casualties, releasing new evidence of their use.

Landmines have killed at least 12 people and wounded over 9 in Yemen’s southern and eastern governorates of Abyan, Aden, Marib, Lahej, and Taiz since September 2015, according to Yemeni mine clearance officials, medical professionals, and media reports.

Antivehicle mines accounted for 9 of those killed and 5 injured, although whether the mine is antivehicle or antipersonnel is often not detailed in reporting.

Meanwhile, Yemeni president Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi commended the heroic role of the national army and resistance forces in a phone call with the governor of the Marib province. Hadi returned to Aden on Tuesday in an effort to better command the current campaign to liberate Taiz.