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Yemen: Hadi refers UAE-back Security Belt leaders for investigation

August 20, 2018 at 1:03 pm

Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, President of Yemen, 12 February 2018 [z_sattam/Twitter]

Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi has referred two leaders of the UAE-back Security Belt militia in the interim capital of Aden for investigation following clashes at a military college graduation ceremony.

The leaders were named as Munir Mahmoud Ahmed Mashali and Abdul Nasser Rajeh Baath.

Clashes broke out Saturday morning at the Military College in the Salah Al-Din area west of Aden between the Security Belt militia and military college forces. One graduate was killed and at least two were injured as a result.

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The UAE is part of an Arab coalition fighting in Yemen against the Iran-backed Houthis and forces loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The coalition entered the war in 2015 to reinstate the UN-backed President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. However in recent months the UAE has been found to be backing the Southern Transitional Council in an effort to split Yemen in to two countries, North and South, contrary to the objectives of the coalition.