UAE-backed Forces Capture Most Of Aden City In Southern Yemen, Besiege Pro-Hadi Forces

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UAE-backed Forces Capture Most Of Aden City In Southern Yemen, Besiege Pro-Hadi Forces

A Saudi military member stands next to a destroyed building in Aden, Yemen. (Photo: Ahmed Farwan/flickr/cc)

On January 31, the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) captured most of the coastal city of Aden in southern Yemen, according to Yemeni sources. STC forces also managed to besiege all the supporters of Saudi-backed President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi in the presidential place inside the city.

While all local sources confirm these reports, a spokesman for the Ahmed Obeid bin Dagher government, Rajeh Badi, denied these claims and said that the city is under the full control of pro-Hadi forces.

The al-Arabiya TV reported that pro-Hadi forces supported by Saudi warplanes were able to recapture the al-Liwa military camp in the northern part of Aden. However, some Yemeni source reported that STC forces handed some positions back to pro-Hadi forces under the local “de-escalation” agreement.

Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition announced in an official statement that it has been monitoring the situation in Aden city the last two days. Furthermore, the coalition vowed in its statement to take “necessary steps to restore security and stability in Aden”.

So far, no real agreement has been reached to cease the conflict in Aden. The STC insists that the Dagher government should resign. In turn, Saudi Arabia seeks to impose a deal on the sides involved in the violence in Aden. On the same time, the UAE is for sure not willing to go into a deep political conflict with Saudi Arabia over the situation in Yemen.

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  • STC = Sexually Transmitted Contagion! :D

  • MeMadMax

    Saudis have barely moved for years now, but continue to bleed money hand over fist over this thing…

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  • Anthony Paul Mapes

    Any one else look at the situation in Yemen and think “WTF”, I’m waiting for Somali backed group personally!

  • FlorianGeyer

    How historians can record this chaotic period honestly without being accused of writing works of fiction , I have no idea :)

    • VGA

      Well if you start with the axiom that the Saudis are retarded, then things start making sense.

      • FlorianGeyer

        That’s a logical start I agree.

  • RGtz98

    So Yemen civil war turned into Al-Qaeda (DAESH) war , attaking all sides but also Houthi quick civil war recently and now Saudi backed Forces civil war damn , and I thought Syria was a mess in factions atleast they don’t fight amongst each other that commonly only radical groups sometimes

  • LR captain

    So if the Saudi forces are battling the UAE forces in Aden whos fighting the houthis.

    Also can point out something.
    Saudi backed troops make no progress against houthis at any turn. (houthis wipe the floor with them)
    The UAE have very moderate gains against the houthis. (capture of mocha port, a few advances up the coast, a mountain top gained here or there.)

    But now the UAE backed (Southern Transitional Council) is sending troops to aden to fight the Saudi-backed government. Question where are those troops coming from?

    • Pave Way IV

      The STC was already in and around Aden (both the city and province). They officially established themselves as a secessionist movement almost a year ago, succeeding the Southern Movement which had been around for years. The only difference now is that the UAE-commanded and dominated Yemeni ground forces in the southern provinces just joined them to beat up Hadi’s corrupt government in Aden. This, after Hadi’s forces started shooting at STC protesters last weekend.

      Neighboring provinces sent some troops in to Aden help with the beatdown (or coup, depending on who you ask). The UAE can send more of it’s own merc army tho Aden, but that probably isn’t necessary. The coup and battles are limited to the city of Aden – the rest of the Hadi-loyalist and/or UAE/STC troops are still battling the Houthis in the north.

      Hadi is still in exile in KSA – his PM and ministers were running Yemen from Aden. ‘The Yemeni government’ was protected within Aden by a thousand or so of Hadi’s Presidential Guard, loyalist Yemeni Army units and loyalist militias. They really have no chance against a determined military effort by the UAE/STC, but most of this battle is really being fought behind the scenes in Riyadh and Doha. Still, the clashes in Aden are violent (tank battles, etc.) and have killed dozens and injured hundreds.

  • dutchnational

    Maybe the people of northern Yemen should consider taking up the religion of their forefathers of the fifth/sixth century, when a large part of the region was of jewish faith and the region was way more prosporous then the present backward sectarian garbage dump.

    Just an idea out of the present mess,