UAE-backed forces take full control of a Yemeni city

UAE-backed forces took full control of a key Yemeni town on 8 April

UAE-backed forces take ‘full control’ of southern Yemen city

Yemen war

April 08, 2018 – UAE-backed forces took “full control” of the capital of the southern Yemeni province of Al-Dhale on 8 April, a day after clashes with pro-government forces left one dead and over 20 injured.

Al-Masdar Online news website quoted a government security source in Al-Dhale City as saying that the Security Belt forces took control of all the checkpoints after pro-government forces withdrew to the security department’s headquarters.

A pro-government soldier was killed in clashes which erupted after Security Belt forces reportedly attempted to take control of checkpoints belonging to pro-government security forces. Al-Dhale’s deputy security chief Baleegh al-Humaidi was said to have been injured in the fighting.

Al-Masdar Online news website published a copy of a statement issued by the Al-Dhale security department, in which it said that it held the Security Belt fully responsible for the violence. It said that al-Humaidi, along with his fellow officers, were subjected to a “heavy barrage of light and medium gunfire” by the Security Belt in what it considered an assassination attempt against the deputy security chief.

Security Belt forces were reported to have been deployed in Al-Dhale on 19 March, with eyewitnesses telling Al-Masdar at the time that a large convoy had arrived in the provincial capital. The forces have since taken control of large areas of Al-Dhale, making it the fourth province under the control of the Security Belt, after Aden, Abyan and Lahj.

The UAE is a key member of the Saudi-led coalition backing exiled President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and leads counterterrorism operations in the southern, government-controlled provinces.

However, the UAE’s dominance in the south has increasingly become a source of tension for the government, with forces backed by the Gulf state controlling key sites in Aden including the airport and the Buraiqa oil port.
Source: Al-Masdar website in Arabic 1231 gmt, April 08, 2018
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Saudi ‘imposing travel ban’ on relatives of Yemeni president

Yemen president Hadi

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met in Riyadh on Wednesday with the President of the Republic of Yemen Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. (SPA)

April 08, 2018 – Family members of exiled Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi have been prevented by the Saudi authorities from leaving the kingdom, pro-southern separatist Aden al-Ghad news website reported on 8 April.

The website quoted sources close to Hadi’s family as saying that a number of his relatives had been turned back from the King Khalid international airport in the capital Riyadh on the previous day, after being informed that they were banned from travel.

Aden al-Ghad reported that it had confirmed that the president’s nephew Mohammed Mansour Hadi had also been prevented from travelling. It added that Saudi authorities had not clarified the reasons for the reported travel ban.

Hadi’s prolonged absence from the government’s temporary seat of Aden has done little to dispel rumours that he has been prevented from returning by the coalition backing him. In November last year, Yemeni officials told the Associated Press that Hadi, along with his sons and a number of ministers, had been prevented from returning home for months amid a dispute with the UAE, a key member of the coalition.
Source: Aden al-Ghad website, Aden, in Arabic 1208 gmt, April 08, 2018
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UAE in Yemen war

A soldier from the United Arab Emirates stands guard next to a UAE military plane at the airport of Yemen’s southern port city of Aden August 8, 2015. Soldiers from the United Arab Emirates, at the head of a Gulf Arab coalition fighting Iran-allied Houthi forces in Yemen, are preparing for a long, tough ground war from their base in the southern port of Aden. Picture taken August 8, 2015. REUTERS/Nasser Awad


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