Nine killed as tank bat­tle rocks Ye­men’s ‘coup-hit’ Aden

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As the fight­ing es­ca­lated, the Saudi-led mil­i­tary coali­tion which sup­ports the gov­ern­ment called for dia­logue and for it to hear the de­mands of the sep­a­ratists

Aden, Ye­men - At least nine peo­ple were killed in heavy fight­ing be­tween sep­a­ratists and gov­ern­ment troops on Mon­day as a tank bat­tle broke out on the sec­ond day of an at­tempted ‘coup’ in Ye­men’s in­terim cap­i­tal Aden, mil­i­tary sources said.

As the fight­ing es­ca­lated, the Saudi-led mil­i­tary coali­tion which sup­ports the gov­ern­ment called for dia­logue and for it to hear the de­mands of the sep­a­ratists in the south­ern port city.

“We are call­ing on the le­git­i­mate gov­ern­ment to look into the de­mands of the po­lit­i­cal and so­cial move­ment,” said coali­tion spokesman Col Turki al Ma­liki.

He urged ‘re­straint’ from the sep­a­ratists who are backed by the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE), an ally in the coali­tion, and for them to ‘hold talks with the le­git­i­mate gov­ern­ment’.

Civil­ians were hun­kered down at home as five sep­a­ratist fight­ers were killed by snipers and four sol­diers died in clashes, mil- itary sources said, with tanks and heavy ar­tillery en­ter­ing the fray.

The clashes came af­ter sep­a­ratist forces seized gov­ern­ment build­ings in what Ya­men’s Prime Min­is­ter called an at­tempted coup.

Aden has served as the head­quar­ters of Saudi-backed Pres­i­dent Abedrabbo Man­sour Hadi’s gov­ern­ment since it was forced out of the cap­i­tal Sanaa by Shi­ite rebels three years ago.

The sep­a­ratists - who want the re­turn of the in­de­pen­dent South Ye­men that ex­isted be­fore 1990 - sup­ported Hadi’s forces against the rebels, but ten­sions be­tween them have risen in re­cent months.

(AFP)

A sep­a­ratist fighter from Ye­men’s south holds a po­si­tion on a street in the coun­try’s sec­ond city of Aden on Sun­day

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