Yemen on Edge as Separatists Capture Aden, Government Confined to Presidential Palace

Katrina Barker
February 1, 2018

An International Committee said more than 36 people were killed in last two days of fighting.

Forces loyal to the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) made progress against the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and seized nearly all areas in the province of Aden, a Yemeni official told Xinhua on Tuesday.

Separatist fighters in Yemen have reportedly captured the defacto capital, Aden and surrounded the presidential palace.

How does this development fit into the main conflict in Yemen: The seizure of Aden opens yet another front in the country's devastating civil war.

Bin Daghr has described the ultimatum as a coup against the internationally-recognised government, which the STC has accused of attacking civilians who had converged on the city's Parades Square from across southern Yemen for a rally.

The seizure of the military base, which is located in Aden's northern Dar Saad district, is the largest gain for the separatist group since fighting began Sunday.

The officials said Hadi's prime minister and several Cabinet members would leave imminently to Riyadh. They want to bring back the independent country of South Yemen.

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen announced that it has been watching with regret over the past two days the manner in which none of the parties has responded to the Coalition's calls for calm.

"We believe that lasting peace and stability in Yemen can be achieved by the restoration of the legitimate state authority across the country through finding a political solution based on the established parameters, including the relevant UN Security Council resolutions", the statement said. "Additional divisions and violence within Yemen will only increase their suffering". Saudi Arabia has thus far avoided taking sides.

A Saudi-led coalition that includes the UAE has been battling rebels in northern Yemen for almost three years on behalf of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's government.

In the attack in Shabwa, the militants hit a checkpoint guarded by the so-called Shabwa Elite Force, which has also been trained by the UAE, near the southern city of Ataq, the provincial capital.

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