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Yemeni government forces take control of Aden presidential palace

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Armed forces of the internationally recognized government of Yemen on Wednesday regained control of the presidential palace in the city of Aden, Al-Jazeera reported.

At this moment, the Qatari television channel broadcasts footage with supporters of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, celebrating the victory inside the residence of the leaders of Yemen al-Maashik, located in Aden.

An hour earlier, Yemeni Interior Minister Ahmed al-Maysari said government forces had regained control of the city of Aden in the south, previously seized by separatists from the transitional Council of South Yemen.

Earlier media reported that government forces entered Aden International Airport, as well as several other areas of Yemen’s second largest city. Units loyal to the Transitional Council of South Yemen, according to eyewitnesses, left the military bases in and around the city without a fight.

According to Al Jazeera sources, the separatist leadership left Aden on Tuesday in an airplane owned by the UAE. The whereabouts of the leaders of the South Yemen Transitional Council is currently unknown.

Also on Wednesday, government forces took control of the administrative center of the southern province of Abyan, the city of Zinjibar, which had also previously been seized by separatists from the Transitional Council of South Yemen.

In Aden in southern Yemen, where the government of Yemen moved from Sanaa captured by Hussite rebels, clashes between the forces of the government of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and separatists – supporters of the Transitional Council of South Yemen – began on August 7.

Security Belt forces reporting to the council seized military bases in Aden, government offices, and the presidential palace. In battle, 40 people were killed, 260 were injured. Saudi Arabia invited the parties to the conflict in Aden to hold an urgent meeting in Jeddah. The separatists agreed, but the government demanded that they release the occupied state institutions before any dialogue began.

However, after this, forces on the side of the council seized new positions in other provinces in southern Yemen, in particular, the Ministry of Internal Affairs base in Abyan.

The Yemeni government accused the UAE of providing military and financial assistance to the separatists and demanded that they immediately cease their support, and also asked President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi to reconsider the UAE’s participation in the Arab coalition, which was created in 2015 to help the government fight the seized power in Yemen, rebels from the Ansar Allah movement.

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