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Arab Colation Succeeds in Ending Yemen's Crisis

Arab Colation Succeeds in Ending Yemen's Crisis

Thursday, 1 February, 2018 - 09:30
A fighter from the separatist Southern Transitional Council walks with smoke billowing in the background in the government's de facto capital Aden (AP)

The efforts of Saudi-led Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen led to the re-establishment of security in Aden and stabilizing the situation after it managed to defuse the armed clashes that broke out last Sunday between government forces and loyalists of the so-called "Southern Transitional Council".

Saudi-led Arab coalition spokesman, Colonel Turki al-Maliki, denied rumors circulated by some media outlets that Houthi militias managed to successfully target sites or military camps in Aden.

"All armed presence in Aden had been terminated," he told Saudi "Ekhbareyya" news channel.

Yemeni government sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that "Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid Bin Daghr and his cabinet members are in the presidential palace in al-Maasheeq."

The source confirmed that the cabinet is performing its usual activities and cooperating with the coalition leadership to end all aspects of the military tension in the city and restore stability.

The armed factions loyal to the so-called "Southern Transitional Council" led by former Aden governor Aidroos al-Zubaidi clashed on Sunday with brigades of "presidential services" during an escalation against the legitimate government headed by Bin Daghr, which resulted in the control of a number of governmental institutions and sites.

In a brief statement to Asharq Al-Awsat, Yemeni government spokesman Rajih Badi indicated that situation had been restored in Aden thanks to the efforts of the coalition. He also pointed that militants of the so-called "Transitional Council" had succumbed to the truce and handed over the sites and headquarters they had taken over.

Field sources in Aden reported that gunmen of the "Transitional Council" handed over the headquarters of the fourth brigade of presidential services in Dar Saad neighborhood, north Aden, to other neutral government forces led by Hamdi Shukri al-Soubehi. They also handed over the weapons they had seized and other locations.

The sources stressed that efforts of the coalition to contain the crisis in Aden led to the release of prisoners from all parties.

"A committee composed of a number of military figures visited al-Naqel, al-Sawlaban camps and other detention sites, received the prisoners and released all of them," added the sources.

The situation in the city gradually improved and roads were re-opened after civilians spent three days in fear of clashes that led to the deaths of 21 people and injury of dozens others, according to the Yemeni Ministry of Health.

Sources close to "Southern Transition Council" said the leadership of the council, led by Zubaidi, is flexible in its demand for the dismissal of the government.

The government stated it had abode by the cease-fire which the "Transitional" forces used as a chance to continue breaking into military camps and government offices.

Yemen Airways canceled its scheduled flights for the third consecutive day due to security concerns, but it announced it will resume the flights as of Thursday, Saba reported.

Earlier Wednesday, UN warned that due to the violent standoff, its teams are unable to deliver humanitarian aid to more than 40,000 Yemenis recently displaced to Aden, saying planned aid distributions had been postponed with cargo stuck at Aden port.

In another security incident, witnesses in Ataq city, center of Shabwa province, said the forces of the so-called "Shabwaneyah Elite" trained by the coalition forces increased its deployment in the city following al-Qaeda suicide attack at a security checkpoint east of the city which killed about 22 soldiers.

The sources said that the forces deployed in the streets of the city and at the main entrances and set up checkpoints as part of a security campaign to pursue wanted persons linked to the organization.

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