Al-Qaida captures major airport, oil terminal in south Yemen

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FILE – In this Friday, April 10, 2015 file photo, Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, hold up their weapons as they attend a protest against Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen. Military officials and residents say al-Qaida has taken control of a major airport, a sea port and an oil terminal in southern Yemen on Thursday, April 16, 2015 after brief clashes with troops. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

Military officials and residents say al-Qaida has taken control of a major airport, a sea port and an oil terminal in southern Yemen after brief clashes with troops.

The officials said al-Qaida fighters clashed Thursday with members of one of Yemen’s largest infantry brigades outside Mukalla, a city the militants overran earlier this month. The officials, speaking from Sanaa on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the press, said the leaders of the brigade fled.

The brigade is in charge of securing the coast of Mukalla, the provincial capital of Yemen’s largest province, Hadramawt. After seizing the airport, the militants easily captured the sea port and oil terminal.

Al-Qaida’s Yemeni branch has long been seen as the network’s most lethal franchise.

Story by the Associated Press.


Nadwa Al-Dawsari on the Yemen conflict
For more on the conflict in Yemen, CCTV spoke to Nadwa Al-Dawsari. He is a founding member of Partners Yemen. That’s an affiliate of Partners for Democratic Change International. She is also a conflict and civil society specialist who focuses on Yemeni tribes.
Nadwa Al-Dawsari on the Yemen conflict

Nadwa Al-Dawsari on the Yemen conflict

For more on the conflict in Yemen, CCTV spoke to Nadwa Al-Dawsari. He is a founding member of Partners Yemen. That's an affiliate of Partners for Democratic Change International. She is also a conflict and civil society specialist who focuses on Yemeni tribes.