MOSCOW (Sputnik) —The Yemeni government forces liberated Zinjibar town, the capital of Abyan Southern Governorate, from al-Qaeda militants, local media reported on Sunday.
According to Sky News Arabia, government's forces carried out intensive fights against radicals from al-Qaeda group, outlawed in Russia and numerous countries, and prompted them to retreat. The operation was backed by Air Forces of the Arab coalition headed by Saudi Arabia.
Since 2014, Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict between the government forces and the Houthis, which is the country’s main opposition force. Since March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf countries have been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Islamic State, banned in Russia, the United States and numerous other states, are currently operating in the country.