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Civilians detained and evicted from Yemen port city of Aden

Published 08/05/2016

Coalition troops are battling militants in Yemen
Coalition troops are battling militants in Yemen

Pro-government forces in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden were detaining and evicting hundreds of civilians to the north, Yemeni officials said on Sunday.

The officials said armed groups have been raiding shops, restaurants and homes, arresting more than 2,000 northerners they say pose a threat to "security".

The officials said they suspect the evictions are the work of secessionists who want southern Yemen to break away from the north, with which it was united in 1990.

Aden was among the first cities where forces of the internationally recognised government drove out Shiite rebels known as Houthis as part of Yemen's war pitting government forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, against the rebels and their allies.

Also on Sunday, the United Arab Emirates said its forces delivered 20 tons of medical aid to civilians in the southern coastal city of Mukalla.

The statement carried on the UAE's official Wam news agency said it marks the first air plane carrying aid to reach Mukalla after al Qaida militants were run out of the city late last month, a year after they had captured it.

The US military is helping Yemeni, Emirati and other Arab coalition forces that are battling al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, as the group's affiliate in Yemen is known.

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