UAE-backed forces set to take over key Shabwah city of Ataq

UAE-backed forces set to take over key Shabwah city of Ataq

The southern Yemeni politician Adel al-Hasani has confirmed that the UAE occupation forces are making arrangements to hand over the city of Ataq, in Shabwah province, to the so-called Shabwah Elite Forces affiliated with the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC).

Adel al-Hasani said in a tweet that a crowd of elite Shabwani and gunmen from Dhalea, including 400 military pickup vehicles, are preparing to take over security tasks in the city of Ataq and remove the special security forces of the Islah Party.

Al-Hasani predicted that the UAE-backed militia would turn to Ataq to fight the Islah special forces, which are suspected of having liquidated and tortured dozens of members of the Shabwah Elite since the party took control of Ataq in August 2019.