Aden camps to be handed in coordination with coalition: STC

Aden (Debriefer)
2019-08-13 | Since 4 Month

The Aden-based presidential palace of Ma'asheeq seized by separatists

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Yemen's Southern Transitional Council (STC) has coordinated with the Saudi-led coalition in order to hand the military camps seized Saturday by its forces from government in Aden after 4-day fierce fighting, the Emirati-backed separatist council has said.

"There is indeed withdrawal of STC forces from camps," STC spokesman said Monday, as "arrangements are underway with the coalition in terms of handing and securing these camps."

The STC is "today fighting another battle in Aden, namely renormalizing the situation, particularly after the government failed to manage many issues, such as basic services, oil derivatives provision, and others," Nizar Hitham added.

"All these issues have been raised before the coalition - with which there is full coordination - and they will be presented again at the foreseen dialogue in Saudi Arabia," he said.

On Saturday, the STC forces seized full control over the Yemeni southern port city of Aden, seat of the official government, after violent clashes that left 40 people killed and 260 others injured, according to UN release.

The coalition called on the STC to pull back its forces from positions and threatened to "use military force."

The separatists rejected the call for withdrawal, pushing the coalition to strike three empty posts in the presidential palace and camp under STC control.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been leading a military coalition in Yemen since 26 March 2015, in support of forces loyal to President Hadi to retake areas controlled by Houthi (Ansarullah) group seen as proxy for Iran in the Arab Peninsula country.

Southern separatists have exploited Yemen's war to enhance their presence in the south, backed by the UAE that helped the STC establishment in May 2017 to consist of bodies calling for separation, but also trained and armed local forces under STC command.

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