Over 140 Killed, Mostly Soldiers, as Fighting Continues in South Yemen

Militants Celebrate as New Yemeni Ruler Vows Revenge

Violence is continuing to soar in the Abyan Province of southern Yemen today, with the two day toll of a battle over a Yemeni government military base now over 140 dead, with at least 110 of them soldiers loyal to new Yemeni ruler Major General Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

The fighting began yesterday when forces initially termed by the military as “al-Qaeda” but now revealed to have been from the Ansar al-Sharia faction attacked a military base outside of provincial capital Zinjibar.

Ansar al-Sharia fighters are said to be celebrating in Zinjibar tonight, and say that in addition to the soldiers killed they have captured 70 others. A number of captives were paraded through the city earlier today.

Ansar al-Sharia has been holding Zinjibar and most of the rest of the province since early last Summer, and repeated military offensives have failed to unseat them. Echoing repeated promises of a military victory by his predecessor, Ali Abdullah Saleh, Hadi has promised to take revenge on the fighters in the region.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.