Published: Thu, February 01, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Yemeni Separatists Seize Key Presidential Security Base In Aden

Yemeni Separatists Seize Key Presidential Security Base In Aden

The Saudi-led Arab coalition to dislodge the Shiite Houthi rebels in the north called for an end to the fighting in a statement translated by the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

Witnesses told Xinhua that security forces loyal to the STC also surrounded and stormed the 4th Presidential Guard camp in the eastern part of Aden. The official declined to say whether the prime minister was to leave Aden.

Amid efforts to reinforce a ceasefire in the city of Aden, the Saudi cabinet headed by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, called on all Yemeni political and social components for calm and restrain and to support the two statements of the Coalition backing legitimacy in Yemen. The separatist forces did not enter the palace itself and were stopped by Saudi Arabian troops who have been guarding the palace for the past months.

In a tweet STC Vice President Hani Bin Brik declared victory as the separatist forces took control of the city of Aden and the gates of the Maasheeq Palace.

At least 36 people have been killed and 185 wounded due to the violence in Aden since Sunday, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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Mr. Hadi was not in Aden when the clashes between his loyalists and the Southern Transitional Council separatists began.

Hundreds of soldiers and senior officers allied with Yemen's internationally-backed President Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi were arrested by the STC forces. The main conflict between the Hadi-Saudi alliance and the Houthis rebels has been in a bloody stalemate for three years.

The Coalition sought joint work with the legitimate Yemeni parties to liberate the country from enemies and avoid any reasons that may lead to division and split, and undermining the State's institutions in Yemen. The forces from Abyan marched on Aden after clashes with loyalists on the way. Hadi has accused the UAE of taking advantage of Yemen's civil war to boost its own influence in the south of the country.

Tensions have recently started to spike between southern separatists and the government of Hadi over the control of the southern half of Yemen.

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