Yemen Clashes Kill 10, Wound More as Separatists Seize Government Buildings

29 January, 2018, 11:10 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • A busy street in Aden the temporary seat of Yemen's government where supporters of a southern separatist movement have been gathering ahead of a planned rally

According to the BBC, at least 10 people have died and dozens of people are reported injured.

On Sunday afternoon, coalition planes flew over the city.

The forces from Abyan progressed towards Aden after clashes with government forces on the way, they said.

UAE is fighting against the internationally recognised Govt of Hadi who is living in exile in Saudi Arabia.

The UAE also called for restraint and reiterated its support for the coalition's mission in Yemen and its rejection of "any act of sedition", Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said in a tweet.

Dagher warned that separating south Yemen from the rest of the country would benefit the rebels and Iran, and said the situation in Aden was headed toward "total military confrontation".

Mr Hadi's government announced a ban on public gatherings on Saturday, as thousands of the Southern Transitional Council's supporters arrived in Aden ahead of the rally.

The STC accused bin Daghr's government of attacking peaceful protesters and urged Hadi to sack the prime minister and his cabinet.

Former Aden governor Aidarous al-Zoubeidi formed the council in May previous year after the President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi fired him.

The fighting broke out after the expiry of a deadline imposed last week by separatists from the Southern Transitional Council (STC) for Hadi to dismiss the government of Ahmed bin Daghr, accusing it of corruption and mismanagement.

The statement added "The Coalition for the Support of Legitimacy in Yemen is following up the events and developments in the Yemeni temporary capital (Aden) and the media debate in this regard about some popular demands to rectify some imbalances in the government sector".

Aden, Yemen's second largest city, used to be the capital of the once independent South Yemen before unification in 1990.

In March 2015, the rebels advanced on Aden, where Hadi took refuge after escaping house arrest in the capital.

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes trying to oust the Houthis have obliterated entire civilian neighborhoods, including schools and hospitals. But Yemen has been torn apart by three years of conflict and the factional fighting in the south compounds the misery.

The Houthis have increasingly consolidated their grip on Sanaa and the north, especially since Saleh was killed by Houthi gunmen on December 4 after their alliance collapsed.


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