UAE-backed separatist militias mass on streets of Aden

UAE-backed separatist militias mass on streets of Aden

The UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) on Monday pushed its security factions again to the streets of the port city of Aden, southern Yemen.

Informed sources confirmed that hundreds of members of the Security Belt affiliated with the STC have deployed, during the past hours in the Crater and Sirah districts, near Ma’ashiq Palace, which is used by the Riyadh-backed Presidential Council as its headquarters.

This came hours after the President of the Riyadh-backed Presidential Council, Rashad Al-Alimi, left the city of Aden, heading to Kuwait.

It is not yet known whether the STC seeks to take advantage of Al-Alimi’s absence from Aden to restore its security control over the city after its removal in favor of the Tariq Afash militia, or just sends a threatening message to Al-Alimi to turn against him.

The STC is seeking to pressure Al-Alimi’s council, following the latter’s efforts to restructure its military and security factions, which the STC considers an existential threat to its bases in the political scene.