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UAE-backed separatists rescind ‘coup’ in south Yemen

February 1, 2018 at 11:46 am

UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) forces [AMODI AL AMODI/Twitter]

After three long-days of fighting, the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council’s (STC) forces handed back two military bases to internationally recognised President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi’s government yesterday, Reuters reported.

Saudi Arabia, which is leading a coalition of Arab states mandated by Hadi in March 2015, mediated the halt in violence in Aden.

“Government institutions were handed back and the [southern] militias withdrew,” a government source said.

Today, Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah expressed rejection of “illegitimate powers” attacking Yemen’s government in south Yemen.

The UAE-backed STC morphed into a political actor in Yemen in May 2017. The Emirates continued to financially, politically and militarily assist the STC to realise its secession goal from northern Yemen. The UAE’s activities in the southern Yemen undermine the original Saudi-led coalition mission to neutralise threats by the Houthis and support a united Yemen.

The confrontation between the UAE-backed STC forces and Hadi’s national army in Aden resulted in the death of 21 and the injury of 290 in two days of fighting.

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