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Yemenis celebrate liberated al-Qaeda territory with football tournament

A football tournament has been organized in Khanfar, a village in the Abyan Governorate of south-western Yemen, to mark a return to normal life

Rua’a Alameri

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A football tournament has been organized in Khanfar, a village in the Abyan Governorate of south-western Yemen, to mark a return to normal life. The village was previously controlled by al-Qaeda.

Large crowds gathered to witness the matches played during the tournament. At the end of the tournament on Wednesday the winning team was awarded a large trophy, a source told Al Arabiya English.

Al-Qaeda militants were driven out from Abyan in August last year by the Yemeni government forces backed by the Arab coalition air strikes in a renewed offensive against the extremist group.

The militant group took advantage of the war between the Yemeni government and Houthi militias to take control of districts in Abyan last year.