Protesters block a street with burning tires in Aden. There were reports of smaller protests in nearby municipalities. REUTERS/Fawaz Salman
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Hundreds of demonstrators protesting against Yemen's deteriorating economic situation and weakening currency blocked major roads and burned tires in the southern city of Aden Sunday, with shops and government offices closing. The Yemeni rial has lost more than half its value against the U.S. dollar since the start of a civil war in 2015 between the internationally recognized government, based in the south and backed by Saudi Arabia, and the Iran-aligned Houthi movement that controls the north, including the capital Sanaa.Saudi Arabia, which is leading a military coalition against the Houthis, then deposited $2 billion in Yemen's central bank to shore up the rial, but the currency has weakened further to around 550 to the dollar.The separatists, mainly based in Aden, have gained traction since last year in their push for self-rule, accusing the Saudi-backed government of corruption and demanding the reinstatement of South Yemen under a Southern Transitional Council.
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