A militiaman loyal to Yemen's fugitive President Abderabbo Mansour Hadi points towards smoke billowing during clashes with opponents and Huthi rebels in the port city of Aden's Dar Saad suburb on May 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SALEH AL-OBEIDI
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Yemen may never emerge as a united country from a civil war pitting a northern Shiite militia and its allies in the army against fighters in the mostly Sunni south.Secessionist sentiment in the south, stoked by what southerners see as decades of marginalization by the north, is deepening as result of the damage inflicted upon Aden and other southern cities in assaults by the northern Houthi militia.Sunni Arab states have maintained an air bombing campaign against the Houthis, allied to archrival Shiite Iran, but the Houthis retain the upper hand in battles in the south.Once a British protectorate turned satellite state of the Soviet Union, South Yemen joined North Yemen to form a united country in 1990 under then President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who took power in the north in 1978 .The northerners' alliance against Yemen's government, whose base of support is in Aden, may reflect a new unity of purpose in the heavily tribal north, where Shiite Islam's Zaidi sect, to which the Houthis belong, prevails.
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