UAE withdraws its troops from presidential palace in Yemen's Aden

Aden (Debriefer)
2019-09-08 | Since 6 Month

Security belt forces of the Transitional Council in Aden

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Identical sources said that the United Arab Emirates withdrew its troops from the presidential palace in the southern city of Aden on Saturday evening, which is being taken by the internationally recognized government as the country's interim capital.

A government source and another in the leadership of the Arab coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen confirmed that UAE forces have left Ma'asheeq Palace and evacuated their positions in full, according to local newspaper Aden al-Ghad.

They added that the retreating UAE forces transported tanks, armored vehicles and heavy weapons aboard five tankers towards their headquarters in Boraiqa district."

The tow sources pointed out that a number of Emirati leaders are still in Ma'asheeq Palace awaiting the arrival of a military plane to take them to the Coalition Command Camp.

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.

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