This Feb. 15, 2018 photo, shows a car due to the war, in Aden, Yemen. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
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A spate of deadly drive-by shootings targeting Muslim clerics has sparked panic and fear in Yemen's southern port city of Aden, prompting some imams to quit and abandon their mosques while dozens have fled the country.Many of the slain clerics belonged to the Islah party.A tally by the Associated Press shows that at least 25 clerics have been gunned down since 2016 in Aden and the southern provinces, with over 15 killed in the past six months alone.A list with 20 names of slain clerics was provided by the ministry of religious endowment in Aden; the additional five names were compiled by the AP.Ali al-Jilani, the cleric of Al-Qadirya Mosque in Aden, was the first to be killed, in January 2016 . Yasser al-Ezzi, the imam of Aden's Omar bin al-Khattab Mosque, died Wednesday, after he was shot in an assassination attempt last week.A cleric in Aden's Mansoura district said he stopped going to his mosque after receiving death threats. Nidhal Bahourith, a cleric at Aden's Al-Dhahibi Mosque, was taken by armed men last Thursday, sparking a protest rally in the city.
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