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

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


Some 150 inmates were freed when suspected al-Qaeda militants stormed a prison in the Yemeni port town of Mukalla.

One of the escapees was provincial al-Qaeda leader Khaled Batarfi, police sources claim.


Meanwhile, forces loyal to Yemen’s President Hadi battled against Houthi rebel fighters in the second city Aden, but were unable to prevent the Shia militants from seizing control of parts of the district.

Saudi fatality in Asir

The border town of Asir has seen its first known Saudi fatality.

Corporal Salman Ali Yahya al-Maliki, a border guard, was killed and ten others injured when their observation post came under fire.

Saudi Arabia is a week into a military campaign to assist Yemen’s pro-government forces in the fight against the Houthis.


But despite being hit with a number of Saudi-led airstrikes, rebel fighters have gained ground.

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.

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