Madinat ash Shab (mədēˈnət ăsh shăb) [key], town, SW Yemen, just N of Aden. Formerly called al-Ittihad, it was built in the 1960s as the federal capital of the Federation of South Arabia. From 1967 to 1970 it was, together with Aden, the capital of South Yemen.
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