Militants in South Yemen Seize Control Over Aden – Source

BREAKINGMilitants in South Yemen Seize Control Over Aden – SourceMiddle East17:31 30.01.2018(updated 17:47 30.01.2018) Get short URL

CAIRO (Sputnik) – Armed units of the militant Southern Transitional Council have seized control over practically the entire territory of the city of Aden, a high-ranking Yemeni government source told Sputnik on Tuesday.

“The Transitional Council currently controls the whole city of Aden practically, with the exception of the palace of Al-Maashiq [the presidential palace], which is the “red line,”” the source said.

On Sunday, fierce clashes broke out between South Yemeni separatists and the government forces of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, backed by Saudi Arabia. The tensions escalated after Hadi’s failure to meet the militants’ demand on the government to resign by Sunday. The Yemeni health authorities reported that at least 20 people died and 120 were injured as a result of the clashes.