4 Yemeni soldiers, 1 officer killed in clashes with secessionists

Some citizens from Southern Yemen allege marginalization.

Army authorities said that four Yemeni soldiers and a high-ranking officer were killed in clashes with secessionist gunmen in the southern province of al-Dhalea on Tuesday.

They said that four soldiers along with an army colonel were killed during the armed confrontations with the secessionist gunmen, while two citizens were also wounded.

A local resident said “artillery shelling and bloody clashes have been taking place between the army and the secessionist gunmen in different areas of al-Dhalea province since the early hours of Tuesday.”

The army authorities said the confrontations started when a military patrol was targeted by the secessionist group.

Reports said that pro-secession protests were on the rise in the south, amid a worsening economic situation and allegations of discrimination against southerners.

Concerns have increased since the conflicts in southern Yemen are creating instability where al- Qaida could gain foothold.

(Xinhua/NAN)

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