Yemeni soldiers killed in south

June 30, 2011 at 9:23 PM
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SANAA, Yemen, June 30 (UPI) -- Fighting persisted Thursday in a town in southern Yemen, with at least five soldiers killed by men suspected of being al-Qaida members, the government said.

Security forces said a stadium in Zinjibar was retaken, CNN reported. At least 35 soldiers were reported killed this week along with an unknown number of casualties among the militants.

Vice President Abdu Rabu Mansoor Hadi, in an interview Wednesday with CNN, acknowledged the government no longer controls five provinces. Hadi has been acting president since June 3, when President Ali Abdullah Saleh was flown to Saudi Arabia for treatment after what Hadi said was an attempted assassination.

Hadi outlined a peace plan that would keep Saleh in office until his successor is elected. The Yemeni opposition has already turned down a plan that would require Saleh to leave office in 30 days, with Hadi taking over until an election in 60 days.

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