12 killed, 132 wounded in Aden clashes - report

2018-01-29 13:44
Soldier in Yemen. (Hani Mohammed, AP, File)

Soldier in Yemen. (Hani Mohammed, AP, File)

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Sanaa - Yemen's state-run news agency says 12 people have been killed and over 130 wounded in clashes between separatists and pro-government forces in the southern port city of Aden, where the government is based.

The clashes in Aden erupted on Sunday, after a deadline issued by the separatists for the government to resign expired.

The separatists are backed by the United Arab Emirates, a key partner in the Saudi-led coalition supporting Yemen's internationally recognised government in its war since 2015 against the country's Houthi rebels.

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Meanwhile, the international aid organisation Oxfam says the violence forced it to shut down its offices in Aden and the city of Taiz.

Coalition spokesperson Colonel Turki al-Malki said late on Sunday the coalition's priority is to deliver humanitarian aid, declining to comment on the violence.

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