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At least 13 killed in north Yemen clashes - security source

SANAA (Reuters) - At least 13 people died when Shi'ite Muslim fighters clashed with security forces in northern Yemen on Friday, government sources said, underlining the chaos still gripping the country two years after mass protests ousted its leader. The fighters were from the Houthi movement which is seeking to strengthen its hold on the north - one of a string of challenges facing an interim government also battling southern separatists, al Qaeda-linked militants and an economic crisis.

North Yemen clashes between army, rebels 'kill 24'

At least 24 people were killed on Friday as Yemeni troops and allied Islamists engaged in heavy fighting with Shiite rebels in the north, tribal sources said. The fighting, in which soldiers aided by fighters from the Islamist Al-Islah party were pitted against Zaidi Shiite rebels, was for control of local government offices in Hizm, capital of Jawf province. "The army and Al-Islah lost eight men, while the Shiite rebels lost twice that number, and there have been dozens of wounded on both sides," one of the sources told AFP.

Yemen president lashes out at 'below-par' security services

President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi on Saturday lashed out at the "below-par" performance of Yemen's security services, after 29 inmates including suspected Al-Qaeda members escaped from Sanaa central prison. The prison break after an assault on Thursday unmasked a lack of improved security at the facility, despite vows by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) chief Nasser al-Wuhayshi last year to free incarcerated members of his group.

Yemen hunts '19 Qaeda' after Sanaa jailbreak

Yemeni security forces were on Friday hunting down 29 inmates, including 19 suspected Al-Qaeda members, who broke out of jail in a deadly assault in the capital. The official Saba news agency cited an interior ministry statement as saying 29 people convicted "of various terrorist and criminal charges" escaped when a blast breached the facility's outer wall on Thursday. Security officials said the two-pronged assault began when an explosives-laden vehicle slammed into the eastern gate just after sunset.

Yemen hunts '19 Qaeda' after Sanaa jailbreak

Yemeni security forces were on Friday hunting down 29 inmates, including 19 suspected Al-Qaeda members, who broke out of jail in a deadly assault in the capital. The official Saba news agency cited an interior ministry statement as saying 29 people convicted "of various terrorist and criminal charges" escaped when a blast breached the facility's outer wall on Thursday. Security officials said the two-pronged assault began when an explosives-laden vehicle slammed into the eastern gate just after sunset.

Attack on prison in Yemeni capital kills 11

By Khaled Abdullah SANAA (Reuters) - Eleven people were killed when attackers mounted a bomb, grenade and gun assault on the main prison in Yemen's capital on Thursday to free inmates, security sources and witnesses said. Explosions and gunfire could be heard several kilometers away from the prison in northern Sanaa, which has al Qaeda members among its inmates. The biggest explosion rattled windows in the area.

14 'mostly Qaeda' inmates flee Yemen jail after attack

Fourteen inmates, mostly from Al-Qaeda, managed to escape from the central prison in Yemen's capital Thursday when gunmen launched a deadly assault on the facility, officials said. Seven policemen and three gunmen were killed, according to the interior ministry and security officials. Another two policemen and two gunmen were wounded, and one of the attackers was captured, the ministry said. The two-pronged attack began when an explosives-laden vehicle exploded at the facility's eastern entrance, breeching a hole in the prison fence, security officials said.

Attack on prison in Yemeni capital kills 11

By Khaled Abdullah SANAA (Reuters) - Eleven people were killed when attackers mounted a bomb, grenade and gun assault on the main prison in Yemen's capital on Thursday to try to free inmates, security sources and witnesses said. Explosions and gunfire could be heard several kilometers away from the prison in northern Sanaa, which has al Qaeda members among its inmates. The biggest explosion rattled windows in the area.

14 'mostly Qaeda' inmates flee Yemen jail after attack

Fourteen inmates, mostly from Al-Qaeda, managed to escape from the central prison in Yemen's capital Thursday when gunmen launched a deadly assault on the facility, officials said. Seven policemen and three gunmen were killed, according to the interior ministry and security officials. Another two policemen and two gunmen were wounded, and one of the attackers was captured, the ministry said.

Yemen Shiite rebels slam federation plan as unfair

Northern Shiite rebels on Tuesday rejected a six-region federation plan for Yemen saying that the proposed division of the republic does not distribute wealth evenly. A panel headed by President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, and including representatives of Yemen's main parties agreed the plan on Monday, as part of a "national dialogue" and the country's political transition. The plan will be inserted into the text of a new constitution to be voted on within a year.
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