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Yemeni Rebels Gain Control of Port City of Aden

By: Haig Simitian

· Global Affairs

Yemeni separatists have taken control of the strategic city of Aden, the capital of Yemen, after days of fighting with forces backing the internationally recognized Yemeni government. UAE-backed separatist fighters have seized a number of military camps in Yemen's southern Abyan province, where recent fighting against forces loyal to the country's internationally recognized government caused multiple deaths and injuries. Earlier this month the so-called Security Belt militia separated itself from the government and seized its temporary base of Aden. The United Nations said at least 40 people were killed in several days of fighting in Aden. Amid escalating tensions, the Security Belt overran a military camp belonging to the government's special forces in Zinjibar, a city east of Aden in the Abyan province. Forces loyal to the internationally recognized Yemeni government took back control of multiple military camps since the initial takeover. However, tensions continue to remain high as the instability of the region continues to result in human casualties.

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