Yemeni supporters of the separatist Southern Movement stand face to face, with a tank in the background, in the city of Aden, April 6, 2015. AFP/SALEH AL-OBEIDI
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Fierce clashes raged Monday between insurgents and loyalists in southern Yemen, driving the rebel forces from some of their positions while leaving more than 140 dead in 24 hours.In Aden, Houthi forces gathered at the edge of the main port area Monday but pulled out of two residential quarters on its fringes, residents told Reuters.Military momentum is hard to judge in a disjointed conflict playing out across hundreds of kilometers of mountains, deserts and coastal positions, but in the southern provinces surrounding Aden the Houthis' foes said they had made gains.Residents in Daleh, north of Aden, said airstrikes hit a local government compound on the northern edge of the town and a military base on its outskirts which were both taken over by Houthis. Southern militias reported cutting off two roads in Abyan province, east of Aden, leading to the port city, after clashes with the Houthis.Street fighting and heavy shelling have torn through Aden for several days.At least eight people were killed in an airstrike before dawn in the suburbs of the northern city of Saadah, home of the Houthi movement.
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