Yemen’s Taiz in ‘catastrophic state’

Taiz, considered Yemen’s third largest city and cultural capital, has suffered huge destruction since it became the main battleground in the country’s war.

Adnan Hazim, media officer for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen told Al Jazeera that the ongoing fighting has brought the city to a “catastrophic state”.

He said there are many areas the group cannot reach or are not allowed to enter as fighting in the city has intensified, with the frequency of rocket fire and air strikes increasing.

“We urge groups to give us access in order to help those inside the city,” Hazim said.

The city is currently divided between government supporters and the Houthis, who are backed by forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.