Saturday, Nov. 28
Latest News
  1. Main entrance to Beit Ummar sealed following attacks
  2. Israeli forces shoot, injure 82 Palestinians in Gaza, West Bank
  3. Palestinian woman reportedly attempts stabbing at Bekaot checkpoint
  4. Israeli border police officer stabbed in Nahariya, north of Haifa
  5. Israeli forces detain Palestinian from Aida refugee camp
  6. Hundreds attend funeral of Palestinian killed in al-Arrub camp
  7. Palestinian killed after injuring 6 Israeli soldiers in car attack
  8. Palestinian worker attacked by Israelis in Beit Shemesh
  9. 198 Palestinians from Gaza pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque
  10. Palestinian shot dead after alleged vehicle attack east of Jerusalem

5 Islamists, 2 soldiers die in Yemen fighting

Jan. 3, 2012 4:32 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 4, 2012 5:16 P.M.)
ADEN (Reuters) -- Five Islamist fighters and two Yemeni soldiers were killed on Tuesday, a local official said, in fighting between government forces and an Islamist group that has controlled the capital of a southern province since May.

The official said the army shelled fighters from a group calling itself Ansar al-Sharia and exchanged gunfire with them in Zinjibar, in Abyan province. A colonel and another soldier were killed and three other soldiers wounded, he said.

Yemen's central government says the group is linked to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which has plotted abortive attacks on other countries from bases in Yemen.

Opponents of Ali Abdullah Saleh -- who has agreed to step down as president after nearly a year of protests pushed the country to the brink of civil war -- accuse him of ceding territory to Islamists to bolster his assertion that his rule keeps al-Qaida in check.

Nonetheless, the fighting illustrates the chaos that neighboring oil giant Saudi Arabia and Washington fear may envelop Yemen and embolden its al-Qaida wing.

Months of fighting have forced out much of the population of the province and deepened a humanitarian crisis in an impoverished country with numerous local conflicts.
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015