Clashes in southern Yemen

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Fighting between Yemeni government forces and southern separatists entered the third day Friday, leaving more than 20 killed, including five civilians, officials said. The clashes could further complicate Yemen’s bloody civil war and fracture the government side in the conflict. The government forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, have been battling rebels since 2015. Also on Friday, the rebel Houthis announced the brother of their leader was killed by the Saudi-led coalition. The announcement by the rebel-run Interior Ministry in the capital, Sanaa, posted on the rebel Almasirah website, offered no details on the killing of Ibrahim al-Houthi, brother of rebel leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi.

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