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 Protestors eat lunch after a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 201...
 A Yemeni child Sawsan Ahmed, 4, center, looks on as she attend with her brothers a demonstration by anti-government protestors demanding the resignat...
 Protestors eat lunch after a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 201...
 A Yemeni girl chants prayers with female protestors, during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sana...
 A protestor reacts as he eats lunch after a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesda...

Mideast Yemen

Protestors eat lunch after a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 201...

Mideast Yemen

A Yemeni child Sawsan Ahmed, 4, center, looks on as she attend with her brothers a demonstration by anti-government protestors demanding the resignat...

Mideast Yemen

Protestors eat lunch after a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 201...

APTOPIX Mideast Yemen

A Yemeni girl chants prayers with female protestors, during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sana...

Mideast Yemen

A protestor reacts as he eats lunch after a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesda...

Clashes in southern Yemen Wednesday killed eight soldiers and at least three militants on Wednesday, and 20 civilians wounded in the fighting had to open field clinics because government hospitals had been shut down, officials and witnesses said.
Al-Qaida linked militants have taken advantage of internal political turmoil to take over parts of southern Yemen, In recent weeks, government troops backed by U.S. airstrikes have stepped up their attacks on militants there.
Western nations believe the Yemen branch of al-Qaida is one of the group's most active and dangerous.
Security deteriorated in Abyan when longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh left for Saudi Arabia for treatment of serious wounds following an attack on his palace in the capital Sanaa in June.
Wednesday's ground and air offensive unfolded in the southern Yemeni province of Abyan, where the militants seized control of its capital city and surrounding towns earlier this year.
Medical officials at the military hospital in the southern province of Aden said eight soldiers were killed and 12 wounded in neighboring Abyan, near Zinjibar, the provincial capital.
Airstrikes in the area wounded 20 civilians, five seriously, according to a hospital official.
Local official Nasser Hussain said that in Abyan's town of Jaar, people had to open field clinics to treat wounded civilians who cannot be transferred to Aden. Government clinics were shut down after a militant takeover of the area.
Witnesses said that Wednesday's airstrikes on Jaar targeted a high school, a hospital and a police station, where the military believes militants are seeking refuge. It was the second attack on the same hospital in Jaar in less than 48 hours, witnesses said.
The United Nations deplored Monday's attack on Al-Razi hospital in Abyan, according to a statement Wednesday. The attack killed at least seven civilians. "The targeting of civilians and the obstruction of humanitarian aid constitute a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law," the U.N. statement said.
Officials also said that airstrikes east of Abyan's capital Zinjibar targeted a suspected al-Qaida hideout, killing three.
All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.
The security crisis in southern Yemen, which has forced over 100,000 people to flee their homes for refuge in safer towns, comes as protesters are demanding that Saleh resign.
They have called on Saleh, who has ruled for 33 years, to accept an initiative drawn up by neighboring Gulf countries that would have him transfer his powers to his vice president.
Saleh, who remains in Saudi Arabia, has not signed the deal, charging that it is unconstitutional.
His party, which holds majority in parliament, has also rejected the proposal put forth by the six-country Gulf Cooperation Council.
Rather than sign the proposal on behalf of Saleh, Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi on Wednesday announced that he would open dialogue with signatories of the Gulf initiative on ways to implement it.
Members of the opposition rejected Hadi's proposition as a tactic to keep Saleh in power.
"The revolution is proceeding and will not accept any efforts to circumvent the Gulf initiative," said opposition spokesman Mohammed Qahtan.
Also Wednesday, officials said the governor of central Marib province survived an assassination attempt that killed one of his bodyguards and wounded four others. Marib province is considered an al-Qaida stronghold, one of several areas where the central government has little authority.
Officials said gunmen ambushed Naji al-Zaydi's car. He was not harmed, they said.


Updated : 2021-05-15 02:13 GMT+08:00