Witnesses: Gunfight erupts in southern Yemen, one civilian killed

By REUTERS
September 16, 2017 19:42
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DUBAI - A gunfight erupted briefly in Aden on Saturday when a contingent loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi refused to hand over its positions to a local force, security sources said, and witnesses said one civilian was killed in the incident.

The clash underscores the complex situation in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is fighting a 2-1/2 year war against Iran-aligned Houthis who control most of northern Yemen, including the capital Sanaa.

Witnesses said the shooting occurred in al-Arish on the Aden Abyan road, when a group of Hadi's Presidential Protection Forces refused to obey an order to hand over a checkpoint to the Security Belt, a force set up by the United Arab Emirates, a key member of the Saudi-led coalition.

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