Yemeni forces clash with rebels

At least seven killed in fighting in southern town of Zinjibar.

    The separatist rebels are leading a violent campaign against the rule of President Saleh [AFP]

    Security concerns

    North and South Yemen united under Saleh's presidency in 1990 but many in the south, home to most Yemeni oil facilities, complain that northerners have used unification to grab resources and discriminate against them.

    Yemen's government struck a truce deal with Shia rebels on Feburary 11 who they had been fighting in the north, allowing them to turn their attention to the rebellion in the south.

    Authorities have often linked both northern and southern rebels to al-Qaeda, a charge the rebels deny.

    Yemen rose to the forefront of Western security concerns after the Yemeni arm of al -Qaeda claimed responsibility for a failed attempt to bomb a US-bound plane in December.

    Western governments and neighbouring Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, fear al-Qaeda is exploiting instability in Yemen to recruit and train fighters to launch attacks in the region and beyond.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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