Abyan (Debriefer) - The Yemeni southern governorate of Abyan saw renewed clashes pitting the official government army against forces of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) on Friday, two days after the two parties inked a new mechanism to accelerate application of the Riyadh Agreement.
Spokesman for the STC-led fourth military region and Abyan frontline accused the government troops of attacking the STC forces in the middle sector of Abyan frontline.
STC forces fended off the attacks, and the government troops "incurred grave losses," Mohamed al-Naqib added on Twitter.
Frontlines between the STC-seized city of Zinjobar and the government-held city of Shoqra have been the scene of 3 months of infighting, except for a 3-week interval in coincidence with Saudi mediation that led to mutual talks in Riyadh.
On 24 June, the Saudi-led coalition announced the commencement of deploying troops to monitor a comprehensive ceasefire between the Yemeni internationally-recognized government and the STC in Abyan.
On 27 June, the Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi ordered his government troops fully observe the ceasefire in response to Saudi efforts to end the STC rebellion against the State and resume the Riyadh Agreement application.
Last Wednesday, Saudi Arabia declared the new mechanism to accelerate the application of the Kingdom-sponsored power-sharing deal.
Following the Saudi declaration, STC spokesman said the council has given up self-governance.