Pro-government forces seize camp outside Yemen capital

February 11, 2016 14:26


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Yemeni pro-government forces backed by Saudi-led air strikes seized control of a military camp 60km from Sanaa on Thursday, local officials and residents said, as troops advance towards the capital held by Iran-allied fighters.

Forces loyal to Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi are battling the Houthi movement and loyalists of the country's former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. The war has killed thousands of people and caused a humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Since March a mostly Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been carrying out air strikes and fighting the Houthis on the ground. Riyadh launched its offensive after the militia, which hails from northern Yemen and adheres to the Zaydi branch of Shi'ite Islam, took over large parts of Yemen and forced the central government to flee into exile.

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