ADEN: Clashes in the Yemeni city of Aden yesterday between members of the Southern Transitional Separatist Council (STC) killed at least four fighters before armored vehicles were deployed and calm was restored, officials said. safe sources and residents.
Residents had reported heavy gunfire throughout the day in the central Aden Crater district, which is home to the seat of government and the central bank. The port city has experienced tensions between the internationally recognized government and the STC over control of the south of the country.
The prime minister of the Saudi-backed government returned to Aden last week from Saudi Arabia and is residing at the Presidential Palace in Crater with other government ministers. The Yemeni president is based in Riyadh.
“We call on the citizens of Crater to stay at home for the next few hours as security and counterterrorism forces cleanse the city of certain … outlaw elements,” the force unit said. of the JTS seat belt in a Twitter message.
Armored vehicles later entered the area, residents said.
South Yemen has been crippled by the power struggle between the government and STC, which has led to protests in recent months over widespread poverty and poor public services.
They are nominal allies as part of a Saudi-led coalition that fights the Iran-aligned Houthi movement and now holds most of northern Yemen and major urban centers.
Riyadh negotiated an agreement to end the standoff between the government and the STC, including the formation of a new cabinet that includes separatists, but a planned troop redeployment outside Aden and other southern regions did not take place. The coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 against the Houthis but the conflict dragged on.