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Shiite rebels 'seize city of Taiz and airport'

Shiite rebels backed by supporters of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh have taken over parts of Yemen's third largest city of Taiz and its airport.

The UN Security Council is holding an emergency meeting on Yemen's security situation.

It comes after the US announced it was withdrawing its troops from Yemen due to the worsening security situation amid mounting violence by armed rival groups including Houthi rebels, al-Qaeda and Islamic State militants.

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Yemen: 'Islamic State bomb attack leaves 126 dead'

The scene of a suicide bomb attack at a mosque in Sanaa, Yemen Credit: Reuters

Suicide bomb attacks in Yemen have killed 126 people, a medical source told Reuters.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the blasts on two mosques in the capital Sanaa today.

The mosques are used mainly by supporters of the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi group which has seized control of the government.

A further 260 people were reportedly injured in the attacks.

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