Yemeni Govt, Separatists Fight in Zinjibar, at Least 10 Killed

First major clash reported since STC declared self-rule

The Southern Transitional Council’s (STC) declaration of self-rule in South Yemen hadn’t amounted to much in the first days, beyond both sides condemning one another as unreasonable. On Monday, the first major fight erupted in the city of Zinjibar, capital of Abyan Province.

The fighting, between the Saudi-backed government and the UAE-backed STC, broke out on the city’s outskirts and spread rapidly. At least 10 people were reported killed in the fighting, with both sides claiming a victory.

Zinjibar, a city close to the southern capital of Aden, has often changed hands over the past several years, being occupied by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) during the Arab Spring, and then taken by the STC during their initial flareup with the government.

The STC has long sought to reestablish the Republic of South Yemen, which the Saudi-backed government wants to control the whole of Yemen, and says that the STC is seditionist for trying to break away from them.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of