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Al-Qaida militants free 300 inmates from Yemeni jail

Followers of the Houthi demonstrate in Sanaa against the Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen Credit: Reuters

Al-Qaida militants in Yemen have freed 300 prisoners from a jail in the coastal city of al-Mukalla in Yemen as it takes advantage of the unrest in the country.

The group was able to capture the city as the county remains in turmoil as a Saudi-led air campaign continues to target Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, and rival groups fight it out across much of the country.

Forces loyal to exiled Yemen president Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi continue to clash with Shiite Houthis, loyal to Yemen's deposed leader Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Yemen's second city Aden.