Yemeni Separatists Pull Back After Seizing Presidential Palace in Aden

  • There has been a huge rift between the coalition forces in the four-day war over the capture of Eden.
  • Saudi Arabia has reacted furiously to the separatist operation in Yemen.
  • Arab Coalition welcomed the move by the Southern Transitional Council.

News agencies reported on Sunday about Yemeni’s separatists beginning to backslide from positions seized from Abdul Mansourhadi’s government in Aden. The UAE-backed separatists seized control of key Aden government centers in a days-long war. Yemeni’s Southern Transitional Council  (separatists) began withdrawing from the seats it had withdrawn from government control.

Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi (born 1 September 1945) is a Yemeni politician and former Field Marshal of the Yemeni Armed Forces. He has been the President of Yemen since 27 February 2012, and was Vice President from 1994 to 2012.

According to news sources, Yemeni authorities have confirmed the start of withdrawal, adding that they have not yet withdrawn from the military positions which they have occupied in recent days. Both, Yemeni separatists in the south and government forces are seen as a united Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia, a coalition that fights Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi militias. Houthi militias have been in control of northern Yemen for five years.

But there has been a huge rift between the coalition forces in the four-day war over the capture of Eden. In the clashes, four people were killed. Aden is under the control of Abdul Mansourhadi’s government forces, which is endorsed by the international community.

The United Arab Emirates  (UAE) has power in southern Yemen, where it has the backing of its 5,000-strong allied militia, which has been confronted by the government, which relies heavily on Saudi Arabia. The UAE, which has recently split from the Arab coalition and has begun withdrawing its troops from Yemen, is apparently now willing to secure its own materials in southern Yemen.

Al-Arabiya Network has also quoted a source in the coalition as confirming the withdrawal of the Southern Transitional Council forces from the Yemeni government’s headquarters, including the presidential palace in Aden. According to al-Arabiya, the Arab Coalition welcomed the move by the Southern Transitional Council and said it would closely monitor the withdrawal process in Aden. Al-Arabiya quotes a news source as saying: “Eidros, head of the Southern Transitional Council, informed the Arab Coalition Command in Aden that he would comply with all coalition demands, including withdrawing from positions he controlled and inviting the Saudi Arabian government and the Transitional Council to meet. Yemeni law in Riyadh accepted.”

Yemen is a country at the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. It is the second-largest Arab sovereign state in the peninsula, occupying 527,970 square kilometres (203,850 square miles). The coastline stretches for about 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles). It is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the north, the Red Sea to the west, the Gulf of Aden and Guardafui Channel to the south, and the Arabian Sea and Oman to the east. Yemen’s territory encompasses more than 200 islands, including the largest island in the Middle East, Socotra. Yemen is a member of the Arab League, United Nations, Non-Aligned Movement and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

Recently, Arab coalition forces bombed and threatened an important area in Aden that had fallen into the hands of the Southern Transitional Council. If the STC did not respond to the call for peace and negotiation, the Arab Coalition threatened to bomb the rest of the Transitional Council’s positions. Earlier, separatist forces in the south clashed with government forces in Aden and reportedly occupied most of the major government centers, including the presidential palace.

Saudi Arabia has reacted furiously to the separatist operation in Yemen, calling for an immediate ceasefire and their retreat from occupied positions. Clashes between separatists and government forces resumed in the Aden coastal region on Saturday, August 4, according to Reuters. Eight civilians were killed during Friday’s clash, according to hospital sources in Aden. Eyewitnesses said Saturday’s clash first began near the Presidential Palace. The presidential palace in Aden is close to the airport.

Yemeni separatists occupied the presidential palace and barracks affiliated with the Yemeni’s constitutional government led by Abdur Mansour Hadi. Yemeni separatists in the south and Hadi-led government forces have been involved in the “Arab League for the Legitimacy Protection” led by Saudi Arabia for years.

Clashes between the two began when separatists accused an Islamist party close to Abdur Mansur Hadi for colluding with a missile attack on its forces.  The UAE government, which supports separatists in southern Yemen, also called for a conflict cessation in Aden and a focus on the war against the Houthis.

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