UAE-backed separatists fight Saudi-backed forces

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Clashes between forces of Yemen’s Saudi-backed former regime and UAE-backed separatists have entered the sixth day in the southern province of Abyan.

Fourteen fighters, including 10 forces loyal to former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, were killed on the outskirts of Zinjibar. The violence broke out on Monday, making the first major fighting between Hadi loyalists and the so-called Southern Transitional Council, which declared self-rule in the region in April. The separatist group says they have repelled an offensive by the Saudi-backed rival on Zinjibar, killing many of them. Both sides have served in the Saudi-led coalition’s war on Yemen, which started in early 2015.

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