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Yemeni soldier killed in clashes in southern area

Yemeni soldier killed in clashes in southern area

Armed tribesmen in Yemen's troubled south ambushed a military camp on Monday, killing one soldier and wounding three others, a local official said.
The attack was the latest in a recent flare-up of violence in Yemen's south where separatist sentiment is mounting against the central government. A day earlier, a Yemeni man was killed when a bomb exploded during clashes in the southern town of Dali.
North and South Yemen merged in 1990, but southerners continue to accuse the central government of marginalization and discrimination in the impoverished country on the tip of the Arabian Peninsula.
The recent protests began April 27 _ the anniversary of the 1994 separatist uprising in the south, which was crushed by government troops.
Yasser al-Yamani, deputy governor of the southern Lahaj province, said Monday's death in Radafan brings to seven the number of soldiers killed in the recent riots. At least two civilians were killed Saturday in is the same town, where powerful local tribesmen have resisted the military's efforts to set up bases near the town.
"We are trying to contain the situation," he told The Associated Press by telephone.
Monday's ambush took place as opposition parties stepped up their criticism to the government, which has sent troops and tanks to southern towns, for its handling of the protests.
Southern opposition leaders accused the troops of shelling farms and houses in several southern provinces. "Unity cannot be maintained by using tanks," the opposition parties said in a written statement. The was no immediate comment from the government.
Many parts of the mountainous, desert country are largely beyond control of the weak central government, which also has been grappling with militants. Al-Qaida has an active presence in Yemen, the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden, and has been blamed for several attacks including the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in the Gulf of Aden, which killed 17 American sailors. In September, an attack on the U.S. Embassy in San'a killed 16 people.
On Sunday, the U.S. Embassy called for dialogue in Yemen to try to quell the violence in the south and said it was concerned about reports of "increasing incidences of political violence in southern regions of Yemen."


Updated : 2021-06-13 07:06 GMT+08:00