Saudi forces’ command directed its affiliated factions on Saturday to surround the most vital installations under the control of the UAE-backed factions in the port city of Aden, southern Yemen.
Informed sources in the city confirmed that gunmen from the Saudi-funded “Dera Al-Watan” (Shield of the Nation) faction were deployed on board a number of armored vehicles in the vicinity of the container port in Al-Mualla area.
The sources indicated that Saudi Arabia directed its gunmen to impose their control over the service facilities following the arrival of the Saudi ambassador to the government loyal to the Saudi-led coalition, Muhammad Al Jaber, to the city at the end of last week, in conjunction with the arrival of military reinforcements to the city, including motorcycles, coming from the border crossing at Al-Wadea.
With this step, Aden has entered a new phase of the struggle over vital facilities between the Saudi and Emirati factions.
It is worth mentioning that Saudi Arabia flew back hundreds of conscripts from Aden last month after they received intensive courses in its camps in the Tabuk region, in the north of the Kingdom, to secure the important vital installations in the city of Aden.
The Dera Al-Watan factions tightened their control over the major districts of Aden, “Al-Shaab,” after they deployed along the coastal road overlooking Bab al-Mandab, from Madhareba and Ras al-Ara areas in Lahj province, all the way to Al-Buriqa area in Aden at the end of last December.