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UN: infighting kills 40 in Yemen’s Aden
Tuesday 13 August 2019 - 08:11:23 |  World

The United Nations (UN) reported that at least 40 people have been killed and 260 others wounded in Yemen’s Southern port city of Aden during infighting between groups of militia receiving support from either Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
UN: infighting kills 40 in Yemen’s Aden

"Scores of civilians have been killed and wounded since fighting broke out in the city of Aden. Preliminary reports indicate that as many as 40 people have been killed and 260 injured," UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Lise Grande said in a statement on Sunday, Yemeni News reported.

"It is heart-breaking that during Eid al-Adha, families are mourning the death of their loved ones instead of celebrating together in peace and harmony," Grande further stated, adding, "Our main concern right now is to dispatch medical teams to rescue the injured."

She noted that civilians "need to be able to move freely and safely to secure the things they need to survive", an indication that movement is restricted in the city.

The infighting erupted on Wednesday, when a group of separatist militia in Southern Yemen were attending a funeral for dozens of fellows, including a senior militant commander who had been killed in a missile attack by Yemen's Ansarullah movement. The separatists, which are backed by the UAE and are known as the Southern Transitional Council (STC), accused a political party allied to Saudi-backed forces of complicity in the missile attack and clashes broke out between the sides.

The Saudi-led coalition that has invaded Yemen has attacked a position of militia backed by coalition partner the UAE in Aden, describing the site as "a threat".

"The coalition attacked one of the areas that pose a direct threat to an important government site," Saudi state TV quoted a coalition statement as saying on Sunday, referring to the site where the former regime of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi was occupying.

"This is only the first operation and will be followed by others... the Southern Transitional Council (STC) still has a chance to withdraw," it added.

The attacks on the militia are the first major instance of infighting since the United Arab Emirates announced a plan to withdraw from Yemen in July. Already, the militia had been fighting Hadi loyalists in Aden for days, but the coalition had not intervened, until now.

On Saturday, separatists in Southern Yemen, backed by the United Arab Emirates, took control of all military camps belonging to Saudi-backed militants loyal to Hadi in the restive port city of Aden.

According to a Hadi government official, separatists have captured the last stronghold of the Saudi-allied forces in Aden as fighting raged between nominal allies who have turned on each other.

The separatists also took over the all-but empty presidential palace in Aden, a separatist military official added.

After the takeover of the sites in Aden by the Emirati-backed forces, Hadi's regime announced it held the UAE and militants backed by it responsible for "the coup" in the city.

On Saturday, the Saudi-led coalition ordered an immediate ceasefire, threatening to use military force against those who violated it. In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Spokesman Turki al-Malki had urged all UAE-backed separatists to retreat.

The Emirati minister of foreign affairs, whose country has been part of a Saudi-led coalition pounding Yemen, called for an end to the escalation in Aden.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Saturday expressed deep concern over the continuation of armed confrontations in Aden, urging calm, de-escalation and maintaining the security and safety of Yemeni citizens.

He stressed the need for a responsible and serious dialogue to end the differences.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres voiced concerns about the violent clashes, calling on rival parties to cease hostilities and "engage in an inclusive dialogue to resolve their differences and address the legitimate concerns of all Yemenis".

Last month, the UAE announced a surprise plan to withdraw part of its troops from Yemen, largely because Abu Dhabi believes the war appears to have become "unwinnable", according to US reports.

 


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