Yemen's internationally recognised government on Wednesday expressed its refusal to offend the Yemeni legitimate forces, affirming its commitment to fight terrorist networks.
Information minister Moammar Al-Erynai said in a series of tweets his government, in coordination and partnership with the international community, will continue the war against all forms of terrorism.
He criticised a deceitful, misleading campaign by correspondents of Russia Today and DW TVs during their coverage of the latest clashes between the legitimate forces and militias of the southern transitional council(STC).
The coverage of the two channels is unprofessional, he said, pointing out that the government will take legal action against any media outlet that is not neutral and reporting about the situation in Yemen unprofessionally.
Moreover, he threatened to revoke license of Russia Today TV unless its correspondent works neutrally, accusing the correspondent of supporting the southern transitional council.
"Offending the Yemeni army is unacceptable. The Yemeni army continues to fight Daesh, Al-Qaeda and the Houthi militia," he said.
During the clashes between the government and southern transitional council forces in Shabwa province, correspondent of Russia Today TV said fighters of the council were killed in an ambush by Al-Qaeda, though the government said it carried out the ambush.
DW also published the same information, raising a question about the relationship between the government and Al-Qaeda in Yemen.
After its UAE-backed forces were defeated in Shabwa, council leaders accused the legitimate government of using terrorists in the battles, an accusation the government has denied. The government said it is facing a rebellion in Aden, Shabwa and Abyan.
Early this week, the council's forces tried to take over all southern regions after seizing the interim capital of the government Aden and forcing government forces out of the city. But the government forces beat the council's forces and tightened control of Shabwa and Abyan.
Saudi Arabia in partnership with the United Arab Emirates has been launching air strikes and ground and naval operations against the Houthis, known as Ansar Allah, to restore the government of president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi since March 2015. The Houthis ousted the government and seized the capital Sanaa along with most densely populated northern regions in late 2014.
Southern separatists with support from the UAE have taken advantage of the ongoing war and deepened their presence in southern and southeastern regions.
The southern transitional council says it represents south Yemen and is seeking to impose its rule on all regions of what was known as the pre-1990 unity south republic. It is the largest faction but does not enjoy popularity in these regions, especially because there are other southern movements.