UAE-backed forces deploy in Aden ahead of expected return of Saudi-led officials

UAE-backed forces deploy in Aden ahead of expected return of Saudi-led officials

Factions loyal to the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) on Sunday have surrounded the city of Aden, ahead of a planned return of officials of the Saudi-formed presidential council.

According to security sources, various formations of the STC have increased their deployment at the level of the province’s directorates, set up checkpoints and deployed anti-aircraft missiles and snipers on rooftops and mountain heights.

The deployment came amid reports of a Saudi decision to return officials from the exiled puppet government and parliament in the coming hours.

According to the sources, the factions refuse to hand over control of Aden, and their movements are a blow to the security efforts concluded in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, which included the formation of a presidential council to replace Abdrabbuh Hadi.

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