Fierce clashes reported in Aden
SANA’A – Fierce armed clashes have reportedly erupted in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden on Wednesday morning.
Sources reported by the Yemen Press Agency state that armed combat broke out in the Mansourah district of the city. As of yet, there is no official confirmation about the cause of the clashes or who is involved in it, but the report comes just a day after Salafist militias entered Aden in order to counter the growing influence of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the area.
The city of Aden has been the de facto capital for the Saudi-backed regime of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi since 2015, although the self-declared “president” Hadi holds little to no actual power in the region, and reportedly lives in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. However, in recent years, the city has more and more been taken over by Emirati forces, backing the so-called Southern Transitional Council (STC) that seeks to establish an independent South Yemen with Aden as its official capital city.
On Tuesday, sources in Yemen reported armed fighters loyal to the Islah Party, a Salafist movement opposed to Southern independence, had been deployed in Aden in large numbers. Reports indicate that the Islah militias seek to curb UAE power over the city of Aden, which is a possible recipe for increased conflict.