Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

North Forces Attack South Yemeni Port

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

North Forces Attack South Yemeni Port

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GOVERNMENT forces dropped bombs and fired rockets on the besieged southern capital of Aden yesterday, touching off southern airstrikes as United Nations efforts to end the seven-week-old civil war appeared to wither.

No overall damage estimate was available at press time in the battered port, ringed on three sides by government forces. But the strike is certain to intensify the hardships endured by the city residents, whose population has swollen by an estimated 50,000 refugees fleeing the northern advance.

The war erupted anew on May 4, shattering a four-year union between conservative North Yemen and socialist South Yemen. The merger eroded under feuding between President President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a northerner, and his former vice president, southern leader Ali Salim al-Beidh, who proclaimed the south's secession May 20.

Delegations from the north and south held separate meetings in Cairo on Sunday with UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi, an Algerian diplomat who brokered an end to Lebanon's 1975-90 civil war. He indicated there was little room for optimism: The northern government rejected holding talks with the secessionists. Northern forces control most of the country, which sits on the southwest tip of the Arabian Peninsula.

Aden's water supplies have been seriously damaged, causing severe shortages, according to Arab reports. Food and medicine are also reported to be in short supply. At least 36 people have been killed by shelling in Aden since Thursday. Israelis strike, guerrillas retaliate

A GUERRILLA ambush killed three Israeli soldiers and wounded three others yesterday after Israeli warplanes attacked hilltop strongholds of the Iranian-backed Hizbullah movement, security sources said.

The ambush occurred near the Crusader-built Beaufort Castle in a border enclave that Israeli troops have occupied in southern Lebanon since 1985. …

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