The UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC)’s militia on Wednesday began a massive deployment in the streets and neighborhoods of Yemen’s southern port city of Aden, in an attempt to impose a new reality in light of the efforts to end its influence over the city.
Pictures from the city of Aden showed the spread of the so-called “Presidential Al-Asifah Forces” led by Aidarous al-Zubaidi.
According southern media outlets, the militia established sites and checkpoints in separate areas of the city.
The deployment coincided with arrival Saudi military reinforcements to the city in preparation for handing them over to the “Homeland Shield Forces” led by the opponents of the transitional council.
The move to militarize Aden indicates the STC’s rejection of the Saudi moves and its attempt to impose a new reality, especially since the mobilizations come prior to the return of Rashad Al-Alimi, President of the Riyadh-formed “Presidential Council”, according to the sources.
President of the STC’s Negotiations Affairs Unit, Nasser Al-Khubaji, threatened to prevent Al-Alimi’s return.