Saudi additional reinforcements arrive Aden prior to Riyadh deal

Aden (Debriefer)
2019-10-29 | Since 7 Month

Saudi additional reinforcements arrive Aden

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Saudi additional reinforcements arrived Tuesday in the Yemeni port city of Aden, as part of changing the roles between the Kingdom and its ally the United Arab Emirates.

"A great Saudi vessel arrived at the container terminal in Mualla district carrying hundreds of troops and officers and tens of modern armored vehicles and other military equipment," local source told Debriefer.

The reinforcements headed for the Arab coalition headquarters in Boraiqa district, in the first batch since last Sunday when the coalition announced repositioning its troops in Aden to be under Saudi command, in place of the UAE forces that left the city following understandings to end the power conflict between the internationally-recognized government and the Emirati-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC).

More Saudi forces are expected to arrive in Aden, the source added.

The troops arrival comes prior to official announcement of the Riyadh Agreement expected to be inked Tuesday between the government and STC.

Under the pact, the official government would return to Aden, all military forces would be reorganized under the defense and interior ministries, a technocrat political government would be formed in participation of STC, in addition to other military and security arrangements.

Last Wednesday, tens of Saudi troops arrived in Aden airport on a military cargo plane, after similar reinforcements arrived last month at oil port in Boraiqa.

Last week, the UAE withdrew its weaponry from the coalition headquarters according to a deal providing for Saudis to assume security in Aden.

On 10 August, STC forces seized full control over Aden, seat of the official government, after 4-day fierce clashes with the official army that left 40 people killed and 260 others injured, according to UN release.

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