The United Nations decided on Monday to reduce the number of its staff in the southern Yemeni city of Aden as a result of recent events that resulted in the takeover of the city by the UAE-backed armed separatist Southern Transitional Council after fierce battles with Yemen's internationally recognized government forces.
“We are decreasing our staff numbers in Aden until we can determine that we can safely perform all our tasks once more,” UN spokesman Farhan Haq said in brief statement on Monday.
Haq did not disclose the number of staff currently in Aden, or how many would be withdrawn from the UN headquarters in the city, which is taken by the internationally recognized government of Yemen as the country's interim capita.
The situation in the city of Aden remains tense despite the separatist takeover on Saturday after the expulsion of government forces from the city and control of all camps presidential palace and Headquarters of the Prime Minister and all government facilities.
The leadership of the Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen threatened the southern transition that it would use military force if it did not withdraw its forces from facilities controlled by its forces.
Riyadh called on both sides of the fighting in Aden to hold a dialogue in Saudi Arabi.
The coalition began to carry out its threats on Sunday, as it launched three air strikes described by insiders and residents as "warning" as it targeted empty places in the presidential palace and a camp controlled by the southern transition forces in Aden.
The UAE-backed southern transitional council agreed to Saudi Arabia's call for a dialogue with the legitimate Yemeni government, hosted by the kingdom, but refused to withdraw from the positions it held.
The Yemen's internationally recognized government on Saturday accused the United Arab Emirates and the armed separatist Southern Transitional Council of turning against Yemen's legitimacy in Aden and hold they responsibility of "the consequences of that coup".
The Yemeni government demanded that the UAE "stop its financial support and withdraw its military support to these rebel groups against the state immediately and completely," but the UAE remained silent.