VIDEO: Government Forces Clash With Southern Separatists in Yemen
Fighting erupted between government troops and separatists in southern Yemen, Monday, May 11, the first clash since the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council declared self-rule in the area. The World Health Organization has suspended its operations in the main Houthi-held areas of Yemen to pressure the rebel group to be more open about suspected coronavirus cases. The areas include the Yemeni capital of Sanaa and Hodeidah, the country's main port on the Red Sea. The Yemeni government reports 51 COVID-19 cases and eight deaths in the parts of Yemen it controls. But the WHO suspects the Houthis of withholding information about the coronavirus toll in places it controls. Fighting between the Iranian-backed Houthis and the Saudi-backed government has created even more misery in Yemen one of the poorest countries on earth.