ADEN: Yemen’s Shiite militia sent reinforcements south and clashed with local fighters on Monday after the United Nations warned the country is on the brink of a protracted civil war. Security sources said the militiamen, known as Huthis, had sent thousands of troops and clashed with Sunni tribes, with their sights set on the main southern city of Aden, where President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi fled to from the capital last month. The militia on Sunday seized the airport and a nearby military base in Taez, 180 kilometers (110 miles) north of Aden and seen as a strategic entry point to Hadi’s southern refuge. Yemen, a long-time US ally which borders Saudi Arabia, is increasingly divided between a north controlled by the Huthis, who are allegedly backed by Iran, and a south dominated by Hadi supporters. Mounting unrest—including suicide bombings claimed by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group that killed 142 people in the Huthi-controlled capital Sanaa on Friday—have raised international concerns and prompted an emergency session of the UN Security Council on Sunday. Its 15 members voiced their unanimous support for Hadi, with UN envoy Jamal Benomar warning that without immediate action the country will slide into “further violence and… Read full this story
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