Yemen presidency condemns 'illegitimate coup' in Aden

by Abel Hampton January 31, 2018, 4:20
Yemen presidency condemns 'illegitimate coup' in Aden

Separatist fighters in Yemen have reportedly captured the defacto capital, Aden and surrounded the presidential palace.

At least 15 soldiers were killed in a suicide auto bombing attack on Tuesday in Yemen's southern province of Shabwa, a security source said.

Turkey on Monday said they are "concerned" about clashes between government forces and southern separatists in Yemen's coastal city of Aden. Houthi rebels forced Hadi to flee the capital of Sanaa in February 2015 for Aden, where his government has been based ever since.

On Sunday, security sources said pro-separatist units trained and backed by the United Arab Emirates had taken over the government headquarters in Aden after clashes.

"Aden was a relative refuge amidst the fighting in Yemen, but now that too has been shattered", Kirolos said.

Until unification in 1990, South Yemen was its own country, and groups still exist that support a separate country in the south.

UAE is a key member of a military alliance, led by Saudi Arabia, that for three years has provided crucial support for the government's fight for territorial control.

Southern separatists exchanged fire with Hadi's forces in the districts of Khormaksar and Dar Saad.

The council had asked Hadi to make changes in the government, accusing it of corruption and mismanagement, and gave him a week to do so - a deadline that expired on Sunday.

The Saudi-led coalition urged both sides to cease hostilities on Tuesday.

The clashes have sparked fears of a repeat of the 1986 South Yemen civil war, a failed socialist coup which killed thousands in just six days and helped pave the way for the 1991 unification of South and North Yemen. "The coalition will take all the measures it deems necessary to restore stability and security in Aden", a statement said.

Britain played a role in securing the removal of the United Nations special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, after he appeared to have lost the confidence of the Houthis.

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