Yemen separatists seize de facto capital Aden

Armed supporters of the separatist Southern Movement patrol a street following clashes in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen, 28 January 2018.

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/yemen-separatists-seize-de-facto-capital-aden-as-children-s-charity-suspends-work

Global charity Save the Children said it was suspending life-saving work in Aden as its staff were forced to hunker down amid gun battles that the Red Cross says have killed at least 36 people in the past three days.

A number of ministers fled the port city by boat on Monday night, docking in the district of Brega further west, a military source told AFP.

A port official confirmed their arrival, saying they were transported to a base of the Saudi-led coalition which backs Yemen’s government.

But the ministers returned to Aden before dawn, after receiving guarantees from the coalition that the presidential palace would not be stormed, a government source said.

The source said Saudi Arabia and its coalition allies are now in talks with southern separatists and with Yemen’s government, which Riyadh supports in the war against Iran-backed Huthi rebels.

The separatists, who advocate for self-rule in southern Yemen, now control seven of Aden’s eight districts.

Forces loyal to the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi hold the large northern district of Dar Saad, while ministers remain in the besieged presidential palace near the coast.

Hadi’s government has accused the separatists of attempting a coup in Aden, opening yet another front in the country’s devastating conflict.

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its getting really confusing now..who is up who and who is winning?

aden is basically under siege..

401

~ by seeker401 on February 1, 2018.

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