Armed Yemeni members of the southern separatist movement stand near a tank in the port city of Aden's Dar Saad suburb, on April 14, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SALEH AL-OBEIDI
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Al-Qaeda's Yemen branch routed government forces from a large weapons depot in the country's east Friday, seizing dozens of tanks, Katyusha rocket launchers and small arms, security officials said, as airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition intensified in the capital, Sanaa, and also in Yemen's second-largest city.The gains highlight how Al-Qaeda has exploited the chaos in Yemen, where Shiite rebels are battling forces loyal to exiled President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi.The coalition says the airstrikes are aimed at the rebels, known as Houthis, not Al-Qaeda.Pro-Hadi forces gained some ground elsewhere in Hadramawt on Friday, with fighters capturing the province's Masila oilfield, the country's largest, commander Ahmed Bammas said over the telephone. On the other side of the country, Saudi-led coalition airstrikes targeting the rebels intensified, with bombings in Sanaa and also Taiz, the country's second-largest city.
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