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Efforts to Reinforce Ceasefire in Aden

Efforts to Reinforce Ceasefire in Aden

Wednesday, 31 January, 2018 - 06:45
A Yemeni supporter of the separatist Southern Movement rests a tank shell on his shoulder in the city of Aden. AFP

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 cabinet also stressed the need to finish the liberation of all Yemeni territories, defeat Iran’s Houthi militias, and avoid any reasons that may lead to division and undermining the State's institutions in Yemen.

In a statement issued Tuesday to comment on events taking place in the city of Aden, the Coalition said it would take all necessary measures to restore security and stability in Aden.

The Coalition also called on all parties to speed up the immediate cessation of clashes and the end of all armed manifestations. The coalition also requested from all Yemeni parties to resolve their disputed issues through available political mechanisms and the three references.

The Yemeni Interior Ministry said that military and security forces that were spread in the streets of Aden, were back to their posts and camps, adding that life returned to normal in several parts of the province, which lately witnessed tension.

For his part, Yemeni government spokesperson Rajeh Badi denied on Tuesday evening reports about the departure of government members from al-Ma'asheeq presidential palace in Aden.

Speaking to the Yemeni news agency, Badi said the palace, its surroundings and the majority of Crater city were still under the control of the presidential forces, denying claims that armed forces from the so-called “Southern Transitional Council” had controlled the surrounding and the southern gate of the palace.

A source who was present with Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher and a number of ministers at the presidential palace in Aden on Tuesday, told Asharq Al-Awsat that government forces respected the ceasefire while members of the Transitional Council had benefited from the situation to escalate.

According to the Health Ministry, the latest confrontations in Aden left 21 casualties

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