Al-Qaeda forces take over petroleum stations in occupied eastern Yemen

Al-Qaeda forces take over petroleum stations in occupied eastern Yemen

Militants of al-Qaeda have on Wednesday taken control of a number of fuel stations belonging to the Yemeni Petroleum Company (YPC) branch in Hadhramaut province, eastern Yemen, sources reported.

Al-Qaeda operatives closed the Shibam and Al-Houta stations, which belong to the company, after seizing them by force of arms.

The sources confirmed that al-Qaeda militants threatened the workers of the two stations with blowing the stations up.

The areas of Hadhramaut Valley are witnessing a heavy presence of al-Qaeda militants, without any military action taken against them by the so-called First Military Region, which loyal to the Saudi-led coalition, stationed there.

Since 2015, Hadhramaut has witnessed more than 400 assassinations targeting many military and security figures and clerics, often carried out by al-Qaeda and similar Wahhabi gangs.

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