According to the residents located in the South Yemen town Azzan, several dozens of fighters of al-Qaeda took on January 31 this town. Previously, the city controlled the tribes allied to the internationally recognised government.
Azzan population is about 70.000 people. This is one of the major economic centres of the South. The advancing jihadists on it met no resistance fighter had retreated without a fight.
Operating in Yemen, the group «al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula» is considered the most radical sect of al-Qaeda. She took advantage of civil war in Yemen in order to expand their holdings in the South.
Despite the support of the Saudi Arabia-led Arab coalition, the government is unable to compare the resistance of the Yemeni Shia, who in the spring of 2015 attempted coup. The front line stabilised in the city of Taiz.