SANA’A – The southern Yemeni port city of Aden, which is under Saudi-UAE military occupation and is often considered the to be the main seat of the Saudi occupation regime, is sinking ever deeper into chaos and bloodshed. On Wednesday, mass protests against the invaders shut down much of the city, while at the same time violent clashes erupted between various armed militias.
According to Yemen Press Agency reports, deadly clashes broke out in Al Sha’ab district between several groups of militia and mercenary units. Militants belonging to the so-called Support Forces reportedly launched an attack on the headquarters of the Security Belt militia, a mercenary group funded by the UAE, leaving a multitude of dead and wounded. The attack comes less than a week after a group calling itself the Free of the South attacked the UAE military headquarters in Aden.
At the same time as the Al Sha’ab clashes were taking place, a mass campaign of protest and civil disobedience rocked Aden as well. In the districts of Crater and Sheikh Othman, all shops remained closed and key roads were blocked by demonstrators, protesting the Saudi occupation and invasion and the worsening economic and humanitarian situation that it has caused. Participants in the protests called for the overthrow of the Hadi regime and an immediate end to the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen.
The situation in Aden has been growing ever more tense for months. Recently, delegates from the Southern Movement participating in a conference in Sana’a, officially called on its supporters in the occupied south and east of Yemen to rise up against the Saudi-led invaders.
Saudi invaders deploying more forces on Socotra island
Saudi Arabia has pushed military reinforcements to the Yemeni island of Socotra, local sources reported.
According to the sources, additional military reinforcements of the Saudi forces have arrived on the island of Socotra in the past two days.
Saudi forces’ increased presence on the island of Socotra comes following a severe crisis between officials of the Saudi-backed “government” and the United Arab Emirates.
The sources confirmed that the Saudi reinforcements consist of armoured vehicles, light weapons and ammunition meant for the Saudi forces, which are stationed at the airport and port of the island, an area which has been witnessing tension between Emiratis and their authorities.
It was not ruled out that the Saudis had also pushed in additional military personnel, along with the weapons that had reached the island of Socotra, according to observers.
In the past few days, separatist armed militias that are backed by the UAE occupation forces, took control of the gate of the port of Socotra for hours, before reinforcements from the Saudi-backed units drove them out.
Socotra is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its unique ecosystem, and is considered extremely fragile. However, both Saudi and Emirati invaders have illegally positioned armed forces on the island as part of their occupation strategy.
Well-known imam assassinated in Aden
Unknown gunmen have on Sunday assassinated an imam of a mosque in the southern port city of Aden, local sources reported.
According to the sources, gunmen in a car opened fire at Sheikh Ayman Baymin while he was getting out of his car near the Enmaa area in Mansoura district, killing him instantly.
Sheikh Ayman Baymin is a well-known social figure in Mansoura, one of the sources said.
It is believed that the gunmen belonging to militias funded by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) occupation forces.
Aden and other southern provinces, which under the control of the UAE and Saudi occupation forces, have been witnessing chaos amid conflict between UAE and Saudi Arabia over control of the Yemeni lands, islands and ports.
Footage shows army forces attacking mercenaries positions in Dhalea
DHALEA – Military media of the Yemeni army on Tuesday released video footage shows army forces launching an offensive against Saudi-led coalition mercenaries in Dhalea province, southern Yemen.
The video showed the army forces attacking the mercenaries’ positions in Alazraq district.
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