South Yemen clashes kill 48: military

Yemeni security forces guard a checkpoint on the outskirts of the southern port city of Aden, on May 16, 2016Fierce fighting between government forces and Shiite rebels in south Yemen on Sunday claimed the lives of 48 fighters — 28 insurgents and 20 soldiers — a senior military officer said. “A total of 28 Huthis (Shiite rebels) and 20 of our men were killed in the fighting, which continued into the evening,” General Misfer al-Harithi, who commands the army’s 19th Infantry Battalion, told AFP. Forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, backed by the firepower of the Saudi-led coalition, managed to drive rebels out of Shabwa and four other southern provinces in the summer.

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