The Ministry of Defense and the General Staff of the Yemen's internationally recognized government on Saturday evening officially accused the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of supporting the Southern Transitional Council (STC) forces with weapons and military equipment to impose control over a number of governorates in southern Yemen.
The Ministry of Defense in the"legtimate" government confirmed in a statement
that "the National Army, with the support of the security forces, last Wednesday confronted an armed attack on the civil, military and security institutions of the city of Ataq, Shabwa governorate, in continuation of the plan of armed rebellion initiated by the militia of the so-called Transitional Council in the interim capital Aden and in Abyan"
The statement, published by Aden-basrd Yemeni news agency "Saba", stated that the local authority in Shabwa governorate has exerted all possible efforts to avoid such confrontations in response to calls for truce led by Saudi Arabia, but the so-called "rebel militia" continued in its plan and escalation and military mobilization
"The legitimate government forces fought against the insurgency during the past two days and were able to achieve full control over the city of Ataq and purge all state institutions and camps,", the statement reads.
Yemen's Defense"legtimate" Ministry said that it "spotted the rebel militia mobilizing its members from more than one province to repeat the attempt in more than one city, with military, logistical and financial support from the UAE, despite the calls and demands of the government clearly and explicitly to stop that support because it represents a threat to the security, unity and stability of Yemen."
The ministry vowed to "continue to respond firmly to this rebellion, which is detrimental to the higher interest of Yemen and does not serve the objectives of the Arab coalition, which came to restore legitimacy and preserve Yemen's unity and territorial integrity.
It confirmed that "the armed rebellion will not distort its main link in the fight against the Iranian project and the Houthi militias."
The Ministry of Defence has added: "With the support of our brothers in the Saudi-led Arab coalition in one front and united together the bond of common blood, history, faith and unity of destiny."
On August 10, the Emirati-backed separatist STC's forces seized 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 seizure of Aden.
The Yemeni legitimate government dismissed the STC seizure as another coup in Aden, following the Houthi coup in Sana'a, holding the UAE and STC responsible for ramifications.
On the same day, the Saudi-led coalition called on the STC to pull back its forces from positions its forces seized last Saturday, and threatened to "use military force."
Riyadh called for immediate dialogue in the kingdom between Yemeni government and the STC.
While they quit some government civil offices, STC troops rejected withdrawal from military camps and security sites.
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.
The STC 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.