15 Killed as Yemeni Govt, Separatists Resume Fighting in South

Ceasefire collapses after just three days

Heavy fighting has erupted in the Abyan Province in southern Yemen, as both sides are trying to seize control of the city of Zinjibar. This started after just three days of the latest ceasefire between the Saudi-backed government and the STC separatists.

The Abyan fighting has left at least 15 fighters killed, and over 20 others wounded. Both sides sent in reinforcements from the surrounding areas. It is unclear what the split between the two sides was on casualties.

It does not appear, however, that the fighting is anywhere near resolved. Both sides have repeatedly expressed determination to win the fighting. The STC has mostly controlled Zinjibar in recent months, though it has traded hands a few times.

A power-sharing deal was meant to end this, but the govt is not inclined to share, nor do they seem capable of winning fights against the STC.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.