Loy­al­ists clash with UAE-backed forces in Ye­men

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Ye­meni se­cu­rity and med­i­cal of­fi­cials say clashes be­tween forces loyal to the coun­try’s in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized pres­i­dent and oth­ers backed by the United Arab Emi­rates have killed at least one and wounded four oth­ers, in­clud­ing civil­ians.

Satur­day’s clashes in the south­ern city of Aden are the lat­est es­ca­la­tion in a rift be­tween Pres­i­dent Abed Rabbo Man­sour Hadi and the UAE, both key mem­bers of a Saudi-led coali­tion fight­ing Shi­ite rebels, known as Houthis, since 2015. The dispute con­cerns Hadi’s em­brace of a lo­cal af­fil­i­ate of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, a pan-Mideast Is­lamist group that the UAE views as threat. Hadi ac­cuses the UAE of vi­o­lat­ing his coun­try’s sovereignty.

The of­fi­cials spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they were not au­tho­rized to brief the media.

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