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Yemen’s troops regain control of Abyan provincial capital

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Troops on the side of the internationally recognized government of Yemen entered the administrative center of the southern province of Abyan – the city of Zinjibar, which was seized by separatists from the Transitional Council of South Yemen, and regained control of the city, Al Jazeera reported on Wednesday.

As noted by the channel, government troops reached the city center. In turn, the Al-Arabiya television channel reports that the national army and security forces continue to regain control of all areas of the province of Abyan.

According to the channel, government forces are moving towards Aden, chosen by the authorities of Yemen, and have consolidated their positions in the Al-Ilm region, 12 kilometers from Aden.

A week ago, the internationally recognized government of Yemen stated that the forces supporting the separation of the country’s southern Transitional Council of South Yemen seized a base of government security forces in the southern province of Abyan.

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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