Yemen pushes offensive, killing 26 fighters

John Deering 06 June 2012 13:29:00 | 346 Views | 0 Comments

In a separate development, sectarian clashes in northern Yemen have left at least 16 dead over the last two days.

Yemen's government has claimed for weeks that it is on the verge of recapturing Zinjibar, capital of the southern Abyan province, that fell to extremists more than a year ago, and that it is pushing on to the al-Qaeda stronghold of Jaar. Battles in the two places rage on.

In the latest fighting, the ministry reported intense overnight clashes between government troops backed by artillery in Zinjibar and nearby Qut that left 23 dead, including Pakistani and Somalian nationals.