Aden puppet government withdraws Southern Transitional Council forces from key city in Abyan

Aden puppet government withdraws Southern Transitional Council forces from key city in Abyan

The Ministry of Defence in the puppet government loyal to Saudi-led coalition has on Saturday evacuated the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) militia from the most important strongholds of its opponents, east of Abyan.

Media outlets revealed that the commander of the fourth military region affiliated with the STC, Fadl Hassan, issued a decision to transfer the so-called “joint forces” from the city of Shuqra.

The joint forces are a bloc of factions affiliated with the STC and were deployed in the city of Shoqra, which was the stronghold of the Islah Party forces a few months ago, after an operation supervised by the coalition, which required the transfer of the Islah factions to Ma’rib.

The motives for this transfer decision have not yet been known, and whether it was part of the plans to dismantle and disperse the STC factions, or whether it was done for security reasons.