Two pro-separatist activists killed in south Yemen clashes

09:08, May 31, 2010      

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At least two southern activists were killed and another three were wounded in clashes on Sunday between pro-separatist southerners and the army in south Yemen, provincial official said.

Two pro-separatist southern activists opened fire at an army's vehicle after they were mistakenly hit by the vehicle. The two were then killed in the clashes in al-Melah district in the southern province of Lahj, said Kasim al-Afefi, deputy governor of Lahj.

Another three southerners were injured as well as a privately- owned shop and a car were burnt in the clashes, he added.

Meanwhile, al-Afefi said "the security committee and local council in the province reached an agreement today to re-open a main highway linking al-Dhalee-Radfan-Lahj and the southern city port of Aden after being closed for about two weeks due to riots and instability."

On May 22, Yemen marked the 20th anniversary of unity between its troubled northern and southern parts. President Ali Abdullah Saleh issued directives to release all detainees on the background of Shiite rebellion war in the north and southern activists who seek to secede the south from the north.

Northern and southern Yemen were unified in 1990 according to a deal between the People's General Congress and the Yemeni Socialist Party. However, the deal fell apart, leading to a crisis between the two allies, which developed into a civil war in 1994.

Source: Xinhua
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