22,000 displaced in S. Yemen's Shabwah: Governor

More than 22,000 people have been internally displaced in Yemen's southern Shabwah province by fighting between the Yemeni army and rebels

22,000 displaced in S. Yemen's Shabwah: Governor

World Bulletin/News Desk

More than 22,000 people have been internally displaced in Yemen's southern Shabwah province by fighting between the Yemeni army and rebels, according to the governor of Shabwa.

"We urgently need government assistance to help those displaced," Shabwah Governor Ahmad Bahaj told Yemen's "26 Sept" news website on Tuesday.

Yemen recently launched an offensive against suspected Al-Qaeda elements in the south, where the group continues to stage sporadic attacks on army and police targets.

The army has said its forces were able to destroy a number of Al-Qaeda hideouts and seize "large amounts" of weapons and explosive-making materials.

Yemen has been dogged by turmoil since pro-democracy protests in 2011 forced autocratic president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down after 33 years in power.

In the three years since, authorities have struggled to restore law and order.

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