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Yemen’s cultural capital Taiz torn by conflict

The city of Taiz, Yemen’s third largest, is living under tragedy as a result of the two-year war.
Pro-government tribal fighters patrol a street during a visit by a U.N. delegation in the war-torn southwestern city of Taiz, Yemen April 9, 2017. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub - RTX34TOI
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SANAA, Yemen — Taiz province is in crisis — a crisis that is threatening to undermine its position as the cultural capital of Yemen, as officially named by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in 2012.

Taiz has the largest number of citizens in Yemen with 2.4 million people, which makes the tragedy even worse in a country facing the risk of famine. According to the National Information Center, Taiz accounts for 12.16% of Yemen’s citizens.

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