Separatists southerners call for Yemeni gov't departure

Aden (Debriefer)
2019-08-07 | Since 4 Month

Supporters of Yemen's separatist Southern TransitionalCouncil (STC) criticized Tuesday the Yemeni internationally-recognized government and called for its immediate departure from Aden and all southern cities and for peaceful authority transition.

The government should leave south of Yemen and northern military units should be repositioned into fronts against Houthis in the north, said a statement by Emirati-backed STC supporters.

"We call President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and brothers in the Arab coalition to transfer full authority peacefully" to southerners, it added.

Deputy chairman of the STC warned against the "danger" of government stay in Aden, which "southerners won't accept".

People in the south "shouldn't be blamed if ask for its exit," Hani bin Boraik added after Tuesday press conference in Aden.

Government forces have deployed in Aden following Thursday attacks in order to sink the southern port city in chaos, he said.

The attack on Jala'a camp came as part of "greater plot to kill the largest possible number of coalition and STC military and security leaders, and to make government forces take control over Aden," Boraik told reporters.

The camp was hit by a missile fired from the northwest of Aden in implementation of a great plot by the Muslim Brethren starting from Thursday, he claimed.

Separately, Al-Jazeera TV quoted government sources as talking about deployment of the Emirati-backed Security Belt (SB) forces in preparation for taking control over the presidential palace of Ma'asheeq and government institutions in Aden. said it had information on the "potential plan that will be likely adopted by STC leader bin Boraik .. to spread disorder in Aden on Wednesday, during the funeral of Commander Muneer al-Yafeie."

Under the plan, a "graveyard close to the palace would be selected to start with sniping presidential guard during the burial, provoke them to react and held them responsible for attacking the funeral escort," the web added.

In the meanwhile, "the issue would be publicized, and reinforcements of armed tribesmen from Yafei and SB troops would be sent to intervene, under the pretense of settling the clashes, with the purpose of heading for government headquarters and houses of its officials," it claimed.

While STC supporters took to streets and troops deployed at the palace on Tuesday, government forces and presidential guard started deployment, hours after large Saudi reinforcements had arrived in Aden.

Having known the plot, Saudi Arabia has intervened to defuse the tension in Aden, to stop the STC and to fill in the vacuum left by the UAE pullout, said presidential sources.

According to Al-Jazeera, Saudis intend to confront loyalists of the UAE, which acted on its own and insinuated to its supporters to exploit the public wrath after the attacks had killed more than 50 SB troops.

Bin Boraik appearance at the lead of event means he has been confused and reacted to the Saudi troop deployment, particularly with calls for instigating him over involvement in assassinations, observers said.

Yemen has been racked by a 4-year bloody conflict between the internationally-recognized Yemeni government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014.

The conflict has triggered what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.

The STC has local forces trained and armed by the United Arab Emirates, the key partner of Saudi Arabia in leading the Arab coalition. But such forces do not answer to the official government, make enemies of Muslim Brethren and other Islamic groups, and controls many southern cities and districts.

The UAE-supported STC was established in May 2017 and consists of Yemeni southern bodies calling for separation from the north and restoration of south state that existed before Yemeni Unification in 1990.

The Council militarily controls large swathes of Aden, and it led in January 2018 a failed coup against the Yemeni legitimate government.



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