The Saudi-backed Hadi puppet government has suspended immigration and passport services in the southern Yemeni city of Aden indefinitely, in a move that is set to deny all local citizens any access to travel documents.
According to sources, Hadi’s Interior Minister, Ibrahim Haydan ordered the suspension of all work of the Immigration and Passports Department, after its building in Khor Maksar directorate was stormed by a force belonging to the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC), in connection with a conflict over revenues.
The new measure includes the separation of office work between the department in Aden and the main issue center in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This means the issuance of passports will be disrupted, directly affecting thousands of people wishing to travel.
Hadi’s decision to move the department’s issue center from Yemen to Jeddah is set to cause frequent interruptions in passport issuance processes as well as delayed acquisition.
Additionally, the move directly violates Yemen’s national sovereignty, allowing Saudi Arabia and its agencies to access the data of Yemeni citizens.