Yemen internationally-recognized government forces on Friday fended off a massive attack by troops of the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) near the house of interior minister, Ahmed al-Maysari, in al-Mansoura district of Aden, residents and eyewitnesses said.
The districts of Crater, Khour Makser and Mansoura and other areas of Aden saw clashes between two sides, leaving large damages on civilian houses.
Government forces destroyed four STC military vehicles at Caltex junction, government source told Debriefer reporter in Aden.
Debriefer correspondent witnessed fierce clashes in the residential quarter of Rimi in Mansoura, where heavy weapons have been used, causing panic among civilians.
Relative calm reoccurred afternoon, but the reporter saw government snipers perching uncompleted buildings and a government vehicle distributing food among troops and civilians, as shops were closed.
"Friday Prayers was served speedily, without sermons in some mosques in the nearby of clashes," said Debriefer reporter.
Units from Giant Brigades join government
Military vehicles of the southern Giant Brigades were seen as taking part in the war beside government forces, the reporter added.
Giants Brigades have all their elements from Yemeni southern provinces, are backed by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, and are now stationed in the western coast against Houthis.
Early Friday, Aden Refinery company called on all security, military and political forces to keep the refinery away from fighting, although its vicinity was plagued by some.
If any of the oil tanks is hit, the flammable liquids stored therein will cause environmental catastrophe, and Aden people will be the only affected, said the refinery in a release.
On Thursday, the official government called Saudi Arabia and UAE to exert "urgent, strong pressures" on the STC to stop fighting in Aden.
The government has blamed the STC for the escalation and resultant disability and insecurity in the southern port city, the Aden-based Saba reported.
STC movements are "irresponsible actions that amounted to the use of heavy weapons and attempt to raid official institutions and army camps," it added.
Since Wednesday, forces of legitimate government and the Emirati-backed STC have been infighting, with tens casualties from both sides.