Aden (January 29, 2018): Separatists of Yemen after two days of fighting, took control of the port city of Aden, residents said on Tuesday, confining the internationally-recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to the presidential palace.
Warfare between southern separatists allied to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and forces loyal to the Saudi-based president Hadi risk crippling their once united campaign against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen’s north. Residents said forces loyal to the Southern Transitional Council (STC), formed last year to push for the revival of the former independent state of South Yemen, seized the last stronghold of its Presidential Protection forces rival in Dar Saad area in northern Aden in battles that at times involved heavy artillery and tank fire.
Activists shared photos on social media of the Southern Yemeni flag flying over the base’s gate.
Residents said STC fighters from the Southern Resistance Forces had earlier overrun Presidential Protection forces outposts in central Aden’s Crater and Tawahi districts.
“The coalition will take all the measures it deems necessary to restore stability and security in Aden,” it said.The fighting began on Sunday after a deadline set last week by the STC for Hadi to dismiss bin Daghr’s government, accusing it of corruption and mismanagement, expired. The government denies the allegation.
Witnesses said hundreds of people danced and sang as they celebrated the STC victory with fireworks that lit the night skies over Aden. The crowd chanted slogans demanding restoration of the southern state that merged with North Yemen in 1990.
Source : Government Radio Website