SANAA: Yemeni military officials say forces loyal to the country's internationally recognized government have wrested control of a military camp from a separatist militia striving for the independence of southern Yemen just outside a key southern city.
They say government forces seized control on Saturday of the Elite Force militia's camp, west of the city of Ataq, the capital of oil-rich Shabwa province.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to brief the media.
The camp's takeover came a day after government forces pushed the Elite Force out of Ataq.
The militia is part of the Southern Transitional Council, which launched an offensive earlier this month to take strategic southern areas from government forces, including the city of Aden and nearby Abyan province.