Separatist southern forces seize Yemen's Aden from Saudi-backed gov't

Violet Powell
January 31, 2018

Meanwhile, the Saudi-led Arab coalition has called for an immediate ceasefire in the southern city of Aden, where heavy fighting has erupted between government troops and the southern separatists. "The coalition will take all the measures it deems necessary to restore stability and security in Aden", a statement said.

SABA quoted one meeting participant, who the news agency did not name, as saying: "What is happening in Aden is an illegitimate coup d'état characterized by irresponsible acts that have terrified local residents who support the country's legitimate government".

Armed supporters of the separatist Southern Transitional Council patrol a street following clashes in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen, on Sunday.

Hundreds of soldiers and senior officers allied with Yemen's internationally-backed President Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi were arrested by the STC forces.

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

Turkey on Monday said they are "concerned" about clashes between government forces and southern separatists in Yemen's coastal city of Aden.

Southern separatists exchanged fire with Hadi's forces in the districts of Khormaksar and Dar Saad. As reported mass media with reference to experts, support for the separatists could have the UAE.

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The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement that the situation has "restricted staff movements in and outside of Aden" and that humanitarian flights are on hold after the closure of the airport.

The Saudi-led coalition urged both sides to cease hostilities on Tuesday.

United Nations envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed urged all parties to return to "calm and dialogue".

The separatists created their own transitional Council South of Aden in may previous year.

The STC this month called on Hadi to make changes in his government, accusing him of corruption and mismanagement.

Before the conflict, separatist sentiment had been running high in the south, which was an independent state before unification with the North in 1990.

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