Yemeni fighters, loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, sit in the back of a pick up truck in the city of Daleh, 280 kilometres south of the capital Sanaa on August 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SALEH AL-OBEIDI
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Yemen's warring factions Sunday braced for a key battle in a central province, where victory could allow pro-government forces to move rapidly north into the heartland of the country's Shiite rebels.Yemen's conflict pits the Houthis and allied units of the splintered army against forces loyal to Hadi as well as southern separatists, local militias and Islamist militants. Hadi and his government are in exile in Saudi Arabia. In their foothold in Marib, the pro-government forces were joined earlier this week by hundreds of Yemeni fighters, fresh from military training in neighboring Saudi Arabia, which has been leading the Arab coalition launching airstrikes against the Houthis since March, pro-government security officials said.
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