Forces faithful to Yemen’s internationally acknowledged government have reclaimed control of the port city of Aden, a minister mentioned, three weeks after United Arab Emirates-backed separatists seized the southern principal town.
Information Minister Moammar al-Eryani stated government forces retook Aden’s airport, its presidential palace and surrounding areas from forces aligned to the Southern Transitional Council (STC) on Wednesday.
He publishes on Social Media, The National Army & the security forces impose full control over Aden’s districts amid great public satisfaction and welcome.
He posted a video on social media of people holding pictures of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi as they celebrated in Aden, the temporary seat of his government.
Government forces also secured an army camp belonging to the STC-aligned Security Belt militia in the nearby town of Lahij, mentioned al-Eryani.
There was no quick comment from the separatists.
The separatists, who search self-rule, turned on the government earlier in August after challenging a party allied to Hadi of being involved illegal activity in a Houthi attack on southern forces. Four days of fighting that killed at near 40 people, the separatists took adequate control of Aden.
But the fighting in current weeks between Hadi’s forces and separatists has threatened to open a new front in the complex war in the Arab world’s most impoverished nation. The two faces of nominal allies in a Saudi-UAE-led coalition combating the Houthi rebels who command the country’s north.
The standoff has also shown a breach between Gulf allies Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which in June scaled down its appearance in Yemen under Western pressure to end the devastating war, however, remains to help thousands of southern separatist forces.