Left Menu
Development News Edition

Thousands cheer separatists in Yemen's Aden, UAE says it is in step with Riyadh

Reuters | Aden | Updated: 15-08-2019 19:27 IST | Created: 15-08-2019 19:13 IST
Thousands cheer separatists in Yemen's Aden, UAE says it is in step with Riyadh
Image Credit: Wikipedia

Tens of thousands of Yemenis rallied in Aden on Thursday in support of separatist forces who took over the southern port, the temporary seat of Yemen's Saudi-backed government, in a move that exposed rifts in a Sunni Muslim military coalition.

The United Arab Emirates-backed southern separatists seized control of government military bases last weekend, fracturing the Saudi-led alliance battling the Iran-aligned Houthi group and complicating U.N. peace efforts to end the war. "There is no daylight between the UAE and Saudi Arabia when it comes to Yemen. We are completely aligned," a UAE official said in a statement.

"We remain deeply concerned over the situation in Aden, and the coalition's engagement on-the-ground is evolving with the aim of establishing conditions for stability, security, and peace," the official added. Demonstrators demanded recognition of southerners' right to self-rule in Aden, where the government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi is based after being ousted from power in the capital Sanaa by the Houthis in late 2014.

Many traveled into Aden from other southern provinces on Wednesday, sleeping overnight in the central parade square. One man held up a battered old identity document from former South Yemen and many waved the South Yemen flag. "We call on the international community and the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to respect the southern people as a key partner in stemming the Persian tide in the region and fighting terrorism to achieve...regional and global stability," said a statement to mark the rally.

The separatists are a major component of the Western-backed alliance that intervened in Yemen against the Houthis in March 2015 but have a rival agenda to Hadi's government. The war has revived old strains between north and south Yemen, formerly separate countries that united into a single state in 1990. The rally statement, issued by civil society groups and unions, accused Hadi's government of mismanagement, saying it had become "a guillotine at Yemenis' necks".

The Southern Transitional Council (STC) took over Aden after accusing the Islah party allied to Hadi of being complicit in a Houthi missile attack on southern forces earlier this month, a charge the party denies.


A local official told Reuters that separatist forces had moved away from the nearly empty presidential palace and central bank. There was no sign yet they had quit the military camps. Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV said a Saudi-UAE team arrived in Aden on Thursday.

An STC spokesman told Reuters on Wednesday they would keep control unless the Islamist Islah, seen by the UAE as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, and northerners were removed from positions of power in the south. Hadi's government has called the move a "coup". The UAE has echoed a Saudi call for dialogue to exit the crisis but did not call on southern forces it funds and arms to cede control.

The UAE official said Abu Dhabi and Riyadh continue to call on all parties to meet to discuss a political settlement. Riyadh wants to host a summit to resolve matters. Hadi's government said it would not participate until STC forces withdraw and asked Abu Dhabi to stop backing them.

The UAE, Saudi Arabia's main military ally on the ground for most of the war, has scaled back its presence in Yemen since June amid Western pressure to end the war that has killed tens of thousands and pushed Yemen to the brink of famine. It said it will continue to back some 90,000 Yemeni forces made up of southern separatists and coastal plain fighters.

The war is largely seen in the region as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Tehran. The Houthis say their revolution is against a corrupt system. The UAE pull-back and the Aden crisis come as the United Nations tries to reduce tensions throughout the country to pave the way for peace talks. The Houthis, who control Sanaa and most big urban centers, point to Aden as proof that Hadi is unfit to rule and cannot be a serious partner in any negotiations.

"We respect the masses gathered in our beloved south today. Anyone who does not respect the multitudes in the north and south who reject Hadi and his followers must be sick and deranged," Houthi deputy foreign minister Hussein al-Azzi tweeted.



5G will be the key driving force for COVID-19 recovery: Here's how?

... ...

Canada’s COVID-19 pitfalls highlight need for integrated health information system

In the globalized world of today where outbreaks can spread far and wide within a matter of days, a global-level integrated health information system is ideal but Canadas provincial barriers show that the country lags much behind in deployi...

Pandemic must be impetus, not obstacle, for clean water access

To make matters worse, there are suspicions that the inadequacy of wastewater treatment methods in California, the rest of the USA, and indeed around the world may help to propagate the disease even more widely. ...

3D printing and the future of manufacturing post COVID-19

The on-demand, customizable, and localized manufacturing of product components facilitated by 3D printing has the potential to redefine manufacturing but there are certain technical, mechanical, and legal limitations that, unless ...


Latest News

Babri demolition case: Proclaimed offender appears in court

Proclaimed offender Om Prakash Pandey surrendered before the special CBI court here on Thursday in the Babri mosque demolition case. The court took him under custody and later released him after he furnished a personal bond. The court ...

3 Spaniards dead, 1 missing in Swiss canyoning accident

Three Spanish tourists were killed and one is presumed dead after being caught in a flash flood while canyoning in the Swiss Alps, authorities in the Alpine country said Thursday. Police in the eastern canton state of St. Gallen said they w...

WRAPUP 2-U.S. weekly jobless claims drop below 1 million; labor market still weak

The number of Americans seeking jobless benefits dropped below one million last week for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, though at least 28 million people are still receiving unemployment checks...

Cong holds statewide protests in Haryana against alleged scams, other issues

Haryanas main opposition Congress on Thursday held statewide protests against alleged scams, rampant corruption and other burning issues relating to different sections of society, including farmers. The opposition leaders submitted a memora...

Give Feedback