At least 30 Yemeni government soldiers have been killed in a friendly fire incident and clashes with gunmen linked to Al-Qaeda in south Yemen, security officials said on Sunday. Reports added that the army entered the city controlled by the militants since the end of last May, and "cleared" parts of them.
According to yemeni officials, some of the troops died in a strike by the Yemeni air force that mistakenly hit a school in the southern town of Zinjibar.
One military official told AFP that the air strike on the school killed a large number of soldiers. "Al-Qaeda militants then attacked the school after the air strike and killed even more soldiers," he said.