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Aden clashes: Yemen PM accuses separatists of staging coup

29 January 2018, 07:37 | Rufus Hill

Several killed in clashes in Yemen's southern city Aden

Yemen govt bans protests in Aden ahead of separatist deadline

The call came in a communique issued by Prime Minister Ahmed Bin Dagher to the commanders of government forces in the southern port city. Medics on the ground told Reuters that at least ten Yemeni fighters were killed and 30 wounded in the fighting.

Forces loyal to the Southern Transitional Council (STC) seized the government headquarters in Aden on Sunday after deadly clashes with presidential guards, STC military sources said.

The worst clashes yet between southern separatists, who are allied to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and forces loyal to the Saudi-based government risk crippling their once united war against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen's north.

Armed separatists appeared to gain the upper hand by wresting a key military base and several government buildings from soldiers loyal to Hadi, local newspaper Aden al-Ghad reported on its website.

The embattled government of Yemen said on Sunday that separtists from the country's south were trying to start a coup in the interim capital of Aden. Residents said that hundreds of pro-Southern demonstrators had gathered in the main square.

The Arab Coalition supporting legitimacy in Yemen has stressed that it is important for all Yemenis of different views and affiliations to take responsibility for joint action with the Coalition so as to complete the liberation of all Yemeni land. The government has now asked neighbouring countries to help, including the Saudi-led coalition.

The 26-member council, which is not recognized by Hadi's government, includes the governors of five southern provinces and two cabinet ministers. The southern separatists want to secede from northern Yemen.



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