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13 killed in clashes between govt forces and STC south Yemen

Republican Yemen

Fighting between government forces and UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) militia on Friday left at least 13 fighters dead on both sides in Yemen’s southern province of Abyan.

The infighting late on Friday between the nominal allies in the civil war against the Houthi rebels killed at least eight men from the separatist, including two officers, and five from the Yemeni government’s side, military sources from both sides told AFP.

The fighting between the two sides in Abyan province has been going on since August 2019 when the STC militias attacked the Presidential Palace in Aden, Yemen’s interim capital, and took full control of the city.

In November 2019, both the Yemeni government and the southern separatists inked a Saudi-sponsored agreement in Riyadh to end the two-year struggle over power in the south, yet little has been achieved with both sides accusing each other of impeding the implementation of the deal.

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