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Top military commander shot dead in eastern Yemen

A fighter loyal to Yemen's separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) holds the separatist flag in the southern Abyan province on May 18, 2020 [NABIL HASAN/AFP via Getty Images]
A fighter loyal to Yemen's separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) holds the separatist flag in the southern Abyan province on May 18, 2020 [NABIL HASAN/AFP via Getty Images]

Desert. Belkhir Banseb of the 2nd Military Zone came under fire from unidentified gunmen in the city of Hadhramaut late Sunday, Anadolu Agency reported.

"Yemen has lost one of the most prominent cadres and heroes, who was distinguished by courage and determination," Aidarus al-Zubaidi, the deputy head of the Southern Transitional Council, said in a statement.

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack. However, al-Qaeda terrorist group had previously claimed similar attacks in Hadhramaut in past months.

Yemen has been engulfed by violence and instability since September 2014, when Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels captured much of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia entered the war in early 2015 to restore the Yemeni government to power.

The eight-year conflict has created one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, with millions suffering from hunger.

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