Mar 24, 2015 5:57 AM

Shiite rebels advance into southern Yemen

The Associated Press

SANAA, Yemen (AP) A Yemeni government official and witnesses say Shiite rebels backed by forces loyal to the ousted president are advancing into southern Yemen, sparking heavy clashes with rival militias loyal to the country's current president.

The rebels, along with soldiers from an army battalion loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, have taken over the governor's office in the city of al-Dhalea, capital of a southern province with the same name, according to witnesses.

The rebel forces clashed with militias loyal to current President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, the official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

Hadi fled the capital, Sanaa, which has been in rebel hands since September, and has taken refuge in the southern city of Aden.


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