At least three people were killed in a flashpoint Yemeni city, witnesses and local media said on Monday, as fighting between security forces fighters in Yemen's south turns increasingly bloody.
Government officials also raised fuel prices, effectively cutting subsidies for the second time this year -- potentially provoking anger in an already fractious, and deeply impoverished, country.
Violence in the southern town of Dalea erupted on Sunday evening when an exchange of gunfire between security forces and fighters killed a passing motorcyclist, witnesses said.
Then on Monday, a 70-year-old man was killed in clashes and three others were injured, according to southern media. Yemen's Interior Ministry said a 32-year-old suspected fighter had been found dead in the same area.
The man had been shot in the head and chest, but the ministry said it was unclear who was behind the killing.
Separately, witnesses said separatists tried to storm a government building in Dalea on Monday. Local media said the government, which sent in reinforcements, fended off the attack.
The southern News Web said groups of armed fighters launched attacks in several markets in Dalea early on Monday and had briefly cut off streets connecting the city to surrounding villages.
North and South Yemen formally united in 1990 but many in the south, where most of Yemen's oil facilities are located, complain northerners exploit the south's resources and discriminate against southern citizens.
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