Yemeni women carry empty gas cylinders as they try to refill them at a nearby petrol station, amid an increasing shortage of fuel in the capital Sanaa, on August 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS
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Al-Qaeda militants took control of a Western district of Yemen's main port city of Aden Saturday night, residents said, in another sign that the group is drawing strength from five months of civil war.Al-Qaeda's Yemen branch, known as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has been consolidating its control in Hadramawt, the country's largest province, where Semple was kidnapped.Saturday, Yemeni security officials told the Associated Press that Al-Qaeda militants also seized control of areas in and around the southern port city of Aden, where the rebels had recently been driven out by an array of fighters backed by Saudi-led airstrikes. Al-Qaeda, a Sunni extremist group, has allied with some of the forces battling the Houthis.
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