Hadi calls on Yemenis to refuse to “tear” under the control of separatists on Aden

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi on Monday called on Yemenis to reject “shredding schemes” following the takeover of the internationally recognized authority by southern separatists.

The meeting, the first of its kind since the fall of the presidential palace in the hands of separatists on August 10, was attended by Vice President Ali Mohsen Saleh, Prime Minister Moin Abdul Malik, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Ahmed al-Maisari, and Defense Minister Lieutenant General Mohammad al-Maqdashi.

Hadi called during the extraordinary meeting, quoted by the state news agency “Saba”, Yemenis to “stand behind the legitimate leadership and official state institutions and reject all projects of shredding and dwarfism and fragmentation.”

Hadi ordered his government to “hold a permanent meeting to deal with the repercussions of this rebellion,” calling on the separatists to withdraw from the headquarters they occupied.

Aden is the provisional capital of the internationally recognized authority since the Houthi rebels took control of Sanaa in September 2014.

Yemeni separatists seized control of the presidential palace in Aden and key military positions of the Hadi government in the city, following armed clashes between separatist forces and government forces, despite fighting in a Saudi-led coalition against the Houthi rebels since 2015.

The United Nations has said about 40 people have been killed and 260 wounded in the fighting, which is not clear.

Since Saturday, tensions have eased as separatist forces withdraw from several official buildings following joint pressure from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the main coalition partner, who sent a committee to the city to ease the escalation. But the separatists still control several government headquarters and government camps.

The UAE, which is accused by the government of supporting a “coup” in Aden, has trained and supported fighters for the Transitional Council linked to the “security belt.”

The south was an independent state until unity with the north in 1990. There is still resentment in the south of the population of the north accused of uniting the country by force.

Saudi Arabia is supposed to host a meeting of the fighting forces, whose date has not yet been set.

At a press conference in Riyadh on Monday, coalition spokesman Colonel Roken Turki al-Maliki said the kingdom and the UAE “succeeded in calming the situation in Aden,” adding, “We hope that all Yemeni components in Aden will cooperate.”

It is not the first time that the separatists of the Southern Transitional Council have clashed with units loyal to President Hadi. In January 2018, Aden witnessed fierce fighting between separatists and government forces, killing 38 people and injuring more than 220 others.

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