Violence still rages in Yemen
SANAAAt least 32 people were killed in a third day of clashes yesterday between Yemeni soldiers backed by tribesmen and al-Qaeda militants trying to take over a strategic town in Yemen’s south, local sources said.
“Twenty-nine Al-Qaeda militants and three tribesmen were killed” in the battles raging on the outskirts of Lawder, the Abyan province town that the extremists have been trying to retake, a source from the area said. The latest deaths raised the toll to 156 people killed, most of them insurgents, since they raided army barracks on April 9.
Wounded Yemenis brought to Turkey
Meanwhile, 33 people injured in the violence have been brought to Turkey for medical treatment. Wounded Yemenis met Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu at Ankara’s Esenboğa Airport.
Davutoğlu spoke Arabic with the Yemenis. Thirty-three Yemenis, including a child, will receive treatment at the Yenimahalle State Hospital, said Dr. Öner Güner, an official with the Turkish Health Ministry.