Dozens killed and wounded in government Al Qaeda offensive in Yemen's south
Agence France Presse reported that Yemen's armed forces killed at least 37 Al Qaeda suspects on Sunday alone as part of Sanaa's campaign to oust the global terrorist network from the country's southern regions.
The operation took place in the Shawba province in the Maifaa region.
In addition to those killed, dozens of others were also wounded.
The military's offensive targets bases of Yemen's chapter of Al Qaeda (AQAP) which is considered by the U.S. as the most dangerous faction of the global terrorist organization.
Most of the offensive has targeted the Abyan and Shawba provinces, particularly the towns of Ahwar, Al Mahfd, Azzan, Al Houta, Al Rawda and Al Saeed.
More than 70 percent of AQAP members in Yemen are foreigners, according to the government, and the Qaeda chapter has used deteriorating security situations in the country to grow the size of their network in the country's southern and eastern regions.
Sana'a, in conjunction with the U.S. government, initiated massive air strikes since April 20 on alleged AQAP strongholds.
Washington has previously launched drone strikes on Yemen and has continued such actions despite increasing criticism from the global community regarding the mounting number of civilian casualties under such policies.
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