Sanaa:  Yemeni officials say fresh clashes with al-Qaida fighters in the south have left at least 34 people dead, while a suspected US drone strike has killed two militants.

The officials say the drone attack took place in the central province of Bayda, killing a Somali and Yemeni militants.

Al-Qaida briefly ovverran parts of Bayda earlier this year. Further south in Abyan province, fighting between Yemeni troops and al-Qaida fighters killed 12 soldiers and 22 al-Qaida militants.

The officials say the clashes took place some 10 kilometers (six miles) outside Jaar, a key town that has been under the control of militants since last year. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with military regulations.


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