Powerful explosion hits Islah Party base in southern Yemen

Powerful explosion hits Islah Party base in southern Yemen

A military camp belonging to the Islah Party in Abyan province, southern Yemen, has on Tuesday been exposed to an aerial attack.

This was reported by Yemen News Portal, based on local sources.

According to the local sources, powerful explosions rocked a camp of Islah mercenary factions near the stronghold in the eastern Abyan city of Shuqrah.

The sources noted that the blast was caused by an airstrike carried out by a drone plane believed to be either Emirati or American.

The shelling came as the Islah is mobilising more troops to the lines of confronations with the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) militias on the outskirts of Zinjibar district, with reprotes saying they have even employed al-Qaeda and ISIS elements.

Local sources confirmed that Islay has been pushing new reinforcements from its stronghold in Seiyoun in Hadhramaut province, to join previous batches from Ma’rib and Shabwah.

Moreover, the sources in Abyan revealed that Islah factions have begun displacing beekeepers from Wadi Sale as they reposition themselves with heavy weapons.

Officially, the Islah Party has been supporting the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen since 2015, which inlcludes the United Arab Emirates as one of its members. However, widely diverging strategic interests have led to severe infighting between Islah and UAE-backed forces such as the separatist Southern Transitional Council.