The United Nations has expressed concern for more than 40,000 displaced Yemenis who had sought refuge in Aden

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The United Nations has expressed concern for more than 40,000 displaced Yemenis who had sought refuge in Aden, saying it had been unable to distribute aid since southern separatists overran most of the city at the weekend.

Fighters from the Southern Resistance Forces (SRF), the armed wing of a political movement demanding secession for southern Yemen, seized most of Aden earlier this week, with the help ofthe United Arab Emirates.

The separatists had fought alongside the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi against Houthi rebels who control large parts of the north, but “rebelled” on Sunday after Hadi refused to sack his prime minister.

The separatists accused Prime Minister Ahmed bin Daghr and his cabinet of “rampant corruption” resulting in a “deteriorating economic, security and social situation never before witnessed in the history of the south”.