Fighting intensified Friday in the southern Yemeni city of Aden between forces of the UAE-backed Armed Southern Transitional Council and Yemen's internationally recognized government forces, who reiterated they were counting on the Saudi-led Arab coalition to control the situatio.
Local sources told Debriefer news agency
that the confrontations intensified in several neighborhoods in the city of Aden, including the perimeter of the presidential palace in Crater and the neighborhood of al-Arish, Khor Maksar and the perimeter of the Caltex tour and Noqtat al-Alam area and Aqabat Aden.
Sources reported that the movement stopped on major streets in the city as a result of the fighting, and shells hit residential neighborhoods.
The sources pointed out that Security forces of the Transitional Council withdrew from the vicinity of the Aden refineries after clashes with troops from the facilities guard.
According to Al-Jazeera TV five members of the Southern Transitional Council were killed, while three members of the Yemeni presidential protection forces of the "legitimate" government were killed.
The Minister of Information in the internationally recognized government of Yemen, Muammar al-Eryani, described the general situation in Aden Governorate as "unstable so far, and require concerted efforts to stop such escalation."
Al-Eryani said in a statement to the Saudi daily "Al-Sharq Al-Wasat" published on Friday: "What is happening is a repetitive scenario of the 2014 events in Sana'a, to turn against the legitimate government under the pretext of fighting Islah."
He added:"This group, which he described as an outlaw, works to blow up the situation and return events in another perspective to Aden through the fabrication of crises.This party is a partner with the government in confronting the Houthi coup militias.
The Minister of Information in the "legitimate" government added: "These actions are repeated in an attempt to thwart the government's efforts to fulfill its duties to society and provide stability and security in all liberated areas."
He added: "Saudi positions are important and pivotal to stop such acts," stressing that his government relies heavily on the coalition to support legitimacy in controlling things and return water to its streams.
For his part, Minister of Defense in the "legitimate" government Lt. Gen. Mohammed al-Maqdashi, on Thursday, the importance the readiness of the military units to counter any practices outside the law and order.
The Aden-based Yemeni news agency "Saba" reported that Al-Muqdashi held telephone calls with the commanders of the first and second military zones in Hadramout (east), the fourth in Aden, and the two commanders of the Ataq axis in Shabwa (southeast) and Taiz (southwest).
Minister al-Maqdashi urged the importance of the commitment of military units in different regions and axes in the "liberated" governorates to "prepare to carry out the tasks entrusted and maintain security, stability and public tranquility."
This came in conjunction with the arrival of the President of the Transitional Council south Aidroos al-Zubaidi to Aden from the UAE capital Abu Dhabi to join the Vice-President of the Council Hani bin Borik, and the actual commander of the security belt forces, backed by the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Salafi Abdul Rahman Sheikh, who appeared since Wednesday in the field, in a rare step that reflects the UAE's leading presence in Yemen to stay in Aden to manage the battles despite Riyadh's anti-step stance, which was reflected in the continued presence of Saudi forces in the Ma'asheeq Palace (the seat of the government and the presidency) as well as its media coverage describes what is happening as a new coup, according to political analysts.
The UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council announced on Wednesday evening in a statement broadcast on independent Aden satellite TV the combat alarm for all the people of the south.
Hani Bin Borik, vice president of the Southern Transitional Council, called for the overthrow of the corrupt legitimate government and control of the Al-Maasheq presidential palace in the city of Aden after the funeral of the commander in the security belt and Brigade of support and attribution Brigadier General Muneer al-Yafe`i Abu al-Yamamah.
Yemen has been devastated by a five-year armed conflict between the government backed by the Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-backed Houthis. The conflict erupted after the Houthis ousted the government and seized power in late 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 Uni
The Council militarily controls large swathes of Aden, and it led in January 2018 a failed coup against the Yemeni legitimate government.