A prominent leader in the south of Yemen has threatened to establish military arms, if the Emirati-backed separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) insists on excluding other southern entities.
Yemen's south could fall into battlefield should the STC insist to take exclusive possession of the arena, member of the southern revolutionary movement's supreme council (RMSC) told the Saudi al-Hadath TV on Monday.
The RMSC has no military arms to follow the STC model in imposing itself or dominate in the south, Farid al-Olaqi added. "Our council rejects this approach in principle, but if the STC insists to exclude other southern bodies .. others will be forced to do the same."
He warned the STC against "speaking exclusively for the south," and called it to "implement the Arab coalition instructions, start arrangements for political dialogue and stop raiding the houses of resistance leaders and its opponents."
His remarks come after the STC forces seized on Saturday full control over the Yemeni southern port city of Aden, seat of the official government, following violent clashes with official army 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 also called for immediate dialogue between the Yemeni internationally-recognized government and STC in the kingdom.
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.
In January 2018, the STC led a failed coup against the Yemeni legitimate government.
The Council claims to be representative for Yemeni southerners and seeks to impose control over all the south, but it is not fully supported by people there.
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.