People inspect damage at a site hit by Saudi-led air strikes in the al Qaeda-held port of Mukalla city in southern Yemen April 24, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer
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Yemeni government forces and their Emirati allies took back control of the country's largest oil export terminal from Al-Qaeda Monday, security officials said, a day after routing the militants from their nearby stronghold.In 48 hours, the coalition deprived the Islamist militants of a lucrative ministate they had built up over the course of a year, based around the southwestern port city of Mukalla.A statement by the mostly Gulf Arab coalition said Monday that its offensive had killed 800 Al-Qaeda fighters and several leaders, though Mukalla residents said the number appeared unlikely and the group withdrew largely without a fight.A Yemeni military source put Sunday's death toll at 18 and said 30 Al-Qaeda fighters had been killed.Local Yemeni officials said Sunday that some 2,000 Yemeni and Emirati troops advanced into Mukalla, taking control of its maritime port and airport and setting up checkpoints throughout the southern city.A fragile cease-fire between coalition forces and the Houthis has been in operation since April 10 .The rebels have insisted that no cease-fire can be established without an end to coalition airstrikes.
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