UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday expressed concern over the violent clashes in Yemen’s Aden and urged the parties to cease hostilities.
In a statement, Guterres called on the parties in the conflict “to engage in an inclusive dialogue to resolve their differences and address the legitimate concerns of all Yemenis.”
Medical sources said on Friday that at least eight civilians were killed in Aden, the temporary seat of Yemen’s internationally-recognized government, amid renewed fighting between southern separatists and government forces.
Since Wednesday, forces of legitimate government and the Emirati-backed STC have been infighting, with tens casualties from both sides.
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.