Armed clashes continue in Shabwah as hundreds of Islah members are arrested in separatist crackdown

Armed clashes continue in Shabwah as hundreds of Islah members are arrested in separatist crackdown

Violent clashes have broken out between the so-called Special Security Forces affiliated with the Islah Party (the Yemeni branch of the Muslim Brotherhood) and members of the Emirati-funded Al-Amaliqa militia in Shabwah province.

According to local sources, the clashes erupted after a military post of the Special Forces intercept a military mechanism belonging to the Al-Amaliqa near the Balhaf gas facility in the coastal directorate of Radhum, leaving several dead and wounded.

Meanwhile, the UAE funded Shabwah Elite militia launched a campaign of arrests against hundreds of people loyal to Shabwa’sh’s former governor, the Islah-aligned Mohammed Saleh bin Adio.

Local sources said that Ali al-Jubwani, the head of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) directed the Shabwah Elite to “cleanse the city of Ataq” from elements loyal to the former governor Mohamed Saleh bin Adio.

Moreover, security sources in Hadi government said on Sunday that the UAE-backed forces have arrested hundreds of Islah militants in the province.

The sources confirmed that Al-Amaliqa forces arrested more than 350 Hadi loyalists and Islah forces, most of them members of the Special Security Forces.

Shabwah security chief, Awad al-Dahbul, the main opponent of the Special Security Forces, said in a press statement that his forces had arrested dozens of people he described as “sleeper cell agents”.