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Southern Separatists Take over Two Govt Camps in Abyan

Southern separatist forces drove government troops out of two military camps in fierce clashes Tuesday in the southern province of Abyan, days after they had withdrawn from government institutions in the interim capital of Aden.

The so-called Security Belt Forces initially surrounded a special forces camp in Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan about 60 kilometres (37 miles) from Aden — and a nearby military camp at Al-Kawd, AFP reported.

The fighting killed two soldiers and two separatists and wounded 23 others

Residents in Zinjibar, meanwhile, said separatist troops were deployed in the capital’s streets.

Yemeni Information Minister Moammer al-Eryani said in an earlier tweet that the Zinjibar base had been besieged.

“The Security Belt Forces… are demanding the (government) troops surrender or they will storm the camp,” he said.

On August 10, the Security Belt Forces ousted loyalists of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi from what was the capital of the formerly independent south in clashes that left around 40 people dead.

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