Published: Wed, January 31, 2018
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UAE-backed separatists celebrate victory in south Yemen

UAE-backed separatists celebrate victory in south Yemen

The separatists seized the area around the presidential palace Tuesday, but Saudi troops who have been guarding the palace for months stopped the separatists at the gate.

The southern port city of Aden has served as the government's base since 2014, when the Iran-backed Huthi rebels - who hail from northern Yemen - took control of the capital Sanaa.

Bin Daghar and Yemen's president-in-exile, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, have described the violence as a coup against the country's proper authorities.

In March 2015, Saudi Arabia and allies started an air campaign in Yemen against the group when they started advancing towards Hadi's southern power seat of Aden.

South Yemen was an independent state before its unification with North Yemen in 1990. President Hadi, who is based in Riyadh, ordered his forces to secure Aden.

Fighting broke out when Hadi ignored separatists' demands to fire Prime Minister Ahmed Obaid bin Dagher, accusing him of corruption.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said at least 36 have been killed and 185 wounded in the latest wave of fighting which began on Sunday.

By Tuesday evening, Daghr and other government officials were reportedly in talks to leave Aden safely.

"After defeating the government forces in Aden and losing the battle, the prime minister may leave Aden via an airplane to Saudi Arabia", he added.

The past few days' gunfire also claimed another, less tangible casualty: the tenuous alliance shared by the southern separatists and Hadi's government, forged in the opening days of the war against the.

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement that the situation has "restricted staff movements in and outside of Aden" and that humanitarian flights are on hold after the closure of the airport.

Saudi Cabinet, chaired by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Adulaziz Al-Saud, today reviewed a number of events and their developments at regional and worldwide arenas, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

How did the clashes in Aden start? More than 10,000 civilians have died, mostly in coalition airstrikes.

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