the republic logo

In a major blow to Shiite rebels, pro-government fighters retake Yemeni city


SANAA, Yemen — Pro-government fighters have retaken a southern Yemeni city from Shiite rebels in their first significant advance since a Saudi-led coalition began striking the rebels in late March.

Officials and witnesses in the southwestern city of Dhale said Tuesday that pro-government fighters also captured the command center of the 33rd Armored Brigade.

The brigade, which once controlled the city, is one of the country's largest army units. It is loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is allied with the rebels, known as Houthis. Officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to brief reporters, say the fighters seized large weapons and ammunition caches.

The fighters in Dhale are allied with exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, but also want an independent southern state.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.

We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)


Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2015 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.