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Government troops poured into the rebel stronghold of Aden on the southern Saudi Arabian peninsula, claiming victory over secessionists in the 65-day-old civil war. Thousands of South Yemeni residents fled, but just as many met the soldiers with cries of welcome after weeks of siege and shelling. The conflict between tribal-based North Yemen and communist South Yemen was the first since the two states merged four years ago, and had quashed popular hopes that a series of wars and skirmishes since the 1960s would ever cease. Even now, the separatist leader, Ali Salem al-Beidh, and five of his aides haven't admitted defeat, despite reports that they fled by boat last night to neighboring Oman.parpar