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Yemen: Suspected al-Qaeda militants liberate inmates of Mukalla prison

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By Sarah Taylor  with REUTERS, SAUDI PRESS AGENCY
Yemen: Suspected al-Qaeda militants liberate inmates of Mukalla prison

<p>Some 150 inmates were freed when suspected al-Qaeda militants stormed a prison in the Yemeni port town of Mukalla.</p> <p>One of the escapees was provincial al-Qaeda leader Khaled Batarfi, police sources claim.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p>About one-third of people freed in a prison break in Yemen were AQAP militants: <a href="http://t.co/inLsAQB8Z5">http://t.co/inLsAQB8Z5</a> <a href="http://t.co/8AZ0x8ZFEH">pic.twitter.com/8AZ0x8ZFEH</a></p>— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) <a href="https://twitter.com/WSJ/status/583640544280215554">April 2, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p>al-Qaeda takes full control of Al Mukalla, fifth largest city in Yemen. via /r/worldnews <a href="http://t.co/pdtJf56kXp">http://t.co/pdtJf56kXp</a> <a href="http://t.co/UdjVCi3TnI">pic.twitter.com/UdjVCi3TnI</a></p>— Maximilian Apitz (@MxAxXxI) <a href="https://twitter.com/MxAxXxI/status/583732829026197505">April 2, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <h3>Aden</h3> <p>Meanwhile, forces loyal to Yemen’s President Hadi battled against Houthi rebel fighters in <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2015/03/25/yemen-s-houthi-rebels-advance-towards-aden/">the second city Aden</a>, but were unable to prevent the Shia militants from seizing control of parts of the district. </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p>NEWS UPDATE: The Houthis are continuing to make gains in Aden <a href="http://t.co/lEEzJj9vYZ">http://t.co/lEEzJj9vYZ</a> <a href="http://t.co/tH3j7f2N2v">pic.twitter.com/tH3j7f2N2v</a></p>— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) <a href="https://twitter.com/MiddleEastEye/status/583747048387805184">April 2, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p>Photos: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Aden?src=hash">#Aden</a> has turned into a total war zone. Dangerous situation on the ground <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Yemen?src=hash">#Yemen</a> <a href="http://t.co/RuqJX73Llq">pic.twitter.com/RuqJX73Llq</a></p>— Conflict News (@rConflictNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/rConflictNews/status/583613300396658688">April 2, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <h3>Saudi fatality in Asir</h3> <p>The border town of Asir has seen its first known Saudi fatality. </p> <p>Corporal Salman Ali Yahya al-Maliki, a border guard, was killed and ten others injured when their observation post came under fire.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p>Reports of the first saudi soldier killed by Houthi's near Asir since the start of the operations Sulaiman Al Maliki. <a href="http://t.co/dqz1Q8E2uO">pic.twitter.com/dqz1Q8E2uO</a></p>— Yemen Observer (@YemenHeadlines) <a href="https://twitter.com/YemenHeadlines/status/583596566457540608">April 2, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Saudi Arabia is a week into a military campaign to assist Yemen’s pro-government forces in the fight against the Houthis.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p>The Governor of Asir today visited the Dhahran Aljanub border area and met with Border Guard units stationed there <a href="http://t.co/Lj5F78j4CX">pic.twitter.com/Lj5F78j4CX</a></p>— فيصل بن فرحان (@FaisalbinFarhan) <a href="https://twitter.com/FaisalbinFarhan/status/582157727666954241">March 29, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <h3>Sana’a</h3> <p>But despite <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2015/03/26/saudi-arabia-led-coalition-strikes-at-houthi-targets-in-yemen/">being hit with a number of Saudi-led airstrikes</a>, rebel fighters have gained ground. </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p>Sanaa protest today against the Saudi/US led air strike <a href="http://t.co/NZC8Mniuvr">pic.twitter.com/NZC8Mniuvr</a></p>— Hussain Albukhaiti (@HussainBukhaiti) <a href="https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/583347388464664576">April 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p>At least 62 children killed in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Yemen?src=hash">#Yemen</a> in past week: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UNICEF?src=hash">#UNICEF</a>  <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UnitedNations?src=hash">#UnitedNations</a> <a href="http://t.co/kICyodnLzS">http://t.co/kICyodnLzS</a> <a href="http://t.co/AIKrdQB49h">pic.twitter.com/AIKrdQB49h</a></p>— United Nations News (@UNolizer) <a href="https://twitter.com/UNolizer/status/583316513077272576">April 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Shi’ite militants took over the capital Sana’a six months ago with supporters of Yemen’s former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. Iran denies allegation it is backing the rebels.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p>Sanaa our capital is on fire..... all this fire is fuelling our will and determination to stand together as Yemenis. <a href="http://t.co/TPjGP2svov">pic.twitter.com/TPjGP2svov</a></p>— Hussain Albukhaiti (@HussainBukhaiti) <a href="https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/582615867323785217">March 30, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>