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Yemeni government says UAE troops attempt to seize one of the cities

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The internationally recognized government of Yemen has blamed the UAE for trying to capture the administrative center of the southern province of Shabwa, the city of Atak.

“The command of the emirate forces in Balkhaf in the province of Shabwa is responsible for fomenting a military situation and attempting to seize the city of Ataq, the provincial capital, despite the great efforts of Saudi Arabia to end the crisis and military confrontation,” official spokesman for the government Rajih Badi told the Yemen News Agency.

“The spread of the armed rebellion in the province of Shabwa represents a clear challenge to the goals of the Arab coalition, the efforts of Saudi Arabia to normalize the situation and jeopardize all attempts at a ceasefire and stop the military escalation,” he said.

Earlier, a local source told RIA Novosti that the Saudi military arrived on Thursday in the city of Atak to overcome the differences between the government forces and the separatist Transitional Council of South Yemen, which demanded that government troops leave the city occupied by the unit under its control.

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.

The situation unfolds amid a civil conflict between the Yemeni authorities and the Hussites, which has been going on since 2014. It is supported by a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

The southern region of the country, with a population of 4 million people, is seeking independence and the return of the status quo that existed before the unification of the north and south in 1990 into a single state, headed by the president of Northern Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh. Separatist tendencies resulted in 1994 in an armed confrontation between the army units of the north and south, which ended in the victory of the northerners.

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