A southern Yemeni separatist fighter mans a checkpoint in the port city of Aden, Yemen January 31, 2018. REUTERS/Fawaz Salman
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Yemeni ministers were holed up in Aden's presidential palace Wednesday after separatist forces seized effective control of the southern port city.In Aden, pro-separatist forces backed by the United Arab Emirates and known as the "security belt" fanned out across the city after three days of fighting that left 38 people dead.But the Arab allies, whose military coalition was launched to roll back rebel gains and restore Yemen's "legitimate" government to power in Sanaa, have not intervened to prop up Hadi against his separatist rivals.At least 38 people have been killed and 222 wounded in Aden since Sunday, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.The separatists, who enjoy popular support and are backed by some regular troops, rapidly gained control over all but one district in Aden since Sunday.
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