Curfew imposed in Yemen's Aden after 12 killed in fighting

T-Mag Monday 04/January/2016 21:50 PM
By: Times News Service
Curfew imposed in Yemen's Aden after 12 killed in fighting

Aden: Yemeni authorities announced a dusk to dawn curfew in Aden starting on Monday following a night of gunbattles between armed men and government forces that killed at least 12 people from both sides, a local government spokesman said.
The government of President Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi has been grappling with lawlessness in the southern port since militiamen, backed by a Saudi-led Arab alliance, drove the Houthis out in July.
Nizar Anwar, spokesman for the Aden local government, said the clashes were concentrated around the cargo and container terminals in Aden, which the gunmen had sought to seize from security forces.
Eight members of the security forces and four gunmen died in the clashes, Anwar told Reuters, adding that security forces managed to secure both terminals late at night on Sunday.
"The security committee has decided to impose a curfew on all parts of Aden from 8pm until 5am," Anwar said, adding that the curfew would remain in place until further notice.
"This is a precautionary measure to deny armed elements freedom of movement," he added.
Hadi toured the cargo terminal in the city's Mualla district on Monday, port sources said, indicating that the facility was under government control.
Yemen descended into a civil war in March when the Houthis forced Hadi to flee to Saudi Arabia after they closed in on Aden, drawing in a Saudi-led coalition into the Yemen conflict.
Militants, local tribesmen and criminals have exploited the fighting to spread chaos in the areas vacated by the Houthis.
A series of attacks have rocked Aden since July, including a booby-trapped car attack that killed Aden's governor General Jaafar Mohammed Saad and six members of his entourage last month.
In the latest attack on Monday, gunmen shot dead Sheikh Ali Othman Al Gailani after he left a mosque in the city's Crater district, witnesses said.