Yemeni Seyoun protestors call for forces move to fight Houthis

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2019-03-07 | Since 3 Month

Seyoun City, file

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The largest city in the Yemeni eastern governorate of Hadhramout, Seyoun saw on Thursday renewed protests condemning insecurity and erratic assassinations experienced by Valley and desert areas.

Representatives for labor unions and CSOs and rights activists called for the First Military Region (FMR) forces to be redeployed into northern frontlines to fight Houthi rebels.

"The normal place for those forces is Nihm, Serwah and Sa'ada to battle Houthis and end siege on Hajoor tribes," said a release by protestors.

"The whole governorate of Hadhramout should be one military region and FMR forces should be replaced with Hadhrami elite forces."

Recently, political and social activists in Hadhramout Valley have raised voices condemning lack of security and assassinations attributed to unknown persons, despite the numerous security barriers of the FMR troops, which some locals demand to be replaced in the Valley with Hadhrami elite forces following the latter success in the Coast.

In the beginning of last January, Hadhramout Governor, Faraj al-Bohsoni promised to detect and name the body that would try to hinder a plan aimed at securing the Valley areas.

The Hadhrami elite is local forces backed by the United Arab Emirates and hostile to Muslim Brethren and other Islamic groups.

The UAE formed, trained and equipped many Yemeni military and security divisions to fight Houthis but also al-Qaeda that exploited civil war to expand its influence in the south, although the gulf state claims the group was forced out.

FMR forces receive directives from Yemeni Vice-president Ali Muhsin al-Ahmar, most of them are loyal to the Islamic Islah Party and are blamed by some southerners for colluding with and enabling al-Qaeda terrorists to take control over Mukalla, the provincial capital of Hadhramout.

On 11 October, Governor Bohsoni said the "terrorist cell destabilizing security in the Coast receives all its training, funding and leadership from the Valley."

The oil-rich Hadhramout is the largest Yemeni governorate, in area, and its 30 districts are divided into two terrains - the Coast, with Mukalla its provincial capital, and the Valley, with Seyoun the capital. The Former is under the control of the 2nd military region and the Emirati-backed Hadhrami elite with hostility to Muslim Brethren and other Islamic groups, while the latter is held by the 1st military region loyal to Vice-president Ali Muhsin al-Ahmar and most of its troops are loyal to the Islamic Islah Party.

The Valley is one of the Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP's) strongholds.

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