Fighters from the separatist Southern Transitional Council wave the movement's flag next to a tank after they took control of a pro-government checkpoint in Khormaksar, north of Aden, on January 30, 2018. AFP / SALEH AL-OBEIDI
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Three days of bloody clashes left startled residents of the southern city of Aden in constant fear for their lives, until a tense calm returned Thursday with the sky-blue chevron of the separatist flag flying over checkpoints across Yemen's de facto capital.Three years after the army drove Houthi rebels out of Aden, an alliance between President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi's government and southern leaders exploded into violence over accusations of corruption and neglect.In what was a lightning takeover of the city, separatist forces wrested control of the interim capital from Yemen's government in clashes that erupted Sunday.The International Committee of the Red Cross says at least 38 people were killed and 222 wounded in the three days of clashes, during which tanks and heavy artillery were deployed.
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