Yemeni official: STC forces prepare for storming Hadibo

Riyadh (Debriefer)
2020-06-19 | Since 3 Month

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The Southern Transitional Council (STC) forces prepare for storming the Yemeni southern city of Hadibo, Socotra provincial capital, deputy information minister of the UN-recognized government said Thursday.
"There are intense attempts by the [STC's] Security Belt forces to raid into Hadibo after Saudi troop withdrawal from checkpoints," Mukhtar al-Rahabi added in a tweet.
"Security and army forces along with Socotra freemen are countering these acts and gangs coming from outside Socotra."
The government official criticized the Saudi-led coalition's "one thousand troops stationed in Socotra to support legitimacy" for withdrawing from "all the checkpoints when the provincial capital was at risk of STC gangs."
He also blamed STC head in Socotra, Rafat Ali Ibrahim for trying to drag the governorate to violence.
Saudi forces deal equally with the State and "STC's coup gangs that inked yesterday a deal to not let any heavy weapons out [of military units]. And today these weapons try to storm Socotra, amid Saudi troops' silence," Rahabi added.
On Wednesday, military leaders from the official government and the STC inked the pact under Arab coalition's sponsorship.
Under the deal, arms and vehicles can only leave military units after coordination with the coalition and security points would be removed, excepting those erected by the coalition, with two points kept by the STC and two others by the government forces.

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