The “transitional” refuses calls for calm and escalates against state authorities in Shabwa

24 يونيو 2019
The “transitional” refuses calls for calm and escalates against state authorities in Shabwa
عدن نيوز - Aden News :

The presidency of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council called for a demonstration in the capital of the province of Shabwah.
This call came in support of the Al-Shabwani elite against government forces, while the provincial people’s authority demanded to trial subversive elements that aimed to disturb the security and stability of Shabwah, and receives orders from outside the province, referring to the transitional council elements and Emirati forces in Aden.
The Southern Transitional Council (backed by the United Arab Emirates) headed by Aydaroos Al-Zubaidi on Sunday renewed its pledge to work for the liberation of the Hadramawt Valley, Bayhan and Mukairas, saying that “the war is against the Iranian Houthi project.”
The council said in a press release of its meeting in Aden that the attempt to escalate in Shabwah “is political and military failure evidence of the forces behind it and its inability to confront militias in the north, in reference to government forces.”
He asserted that, as he described it a hostile and irresponsible force, were trying to implement its projects in Shabwah to serve the Iranian project and the Houthi militias, and to serve forces hostile to the Arab and South Coalition.
In the past few days, Shabwah province has witnessed violent confrontations between the military forces of the legitimate government and the UAE-backed al-Shabwanyah elite, where the latter attempted to create military points in the city of Ataq, capital of the province, and control of the airport and state institutions, resulting in confrontations etbween them and government forces.
A tribal mediation on Friday succeeded in halting the confrontations, but renewed Saturday, after the elite breached the previous agreement, while the UAE loyalists say that the government authorities are violated the agreement, which allowed them to set up a camp in the centre of the province of Shabwah.
For its part, the People’s authority in the province warned against being dragged into the strife that was planned from outside the province, condemning in a statement issued explained that what happened was a result of attempts by militias affiliated with the UAE that led to armed confrontations.
The statement said that recent events in Ataq “aim to drag the province of Shabwah into chaos and destruction, as witnessed in some of the liberated governorates as in interim capital Aden.”
He said the continuation of the mobilization and incitement is aimed at “fighting between brothers and comrades of arms from various axes, military and security formations and the elite.”
The Chairman of the Commission, Maj. Gen. Ahmed Mosa’ed Hussain said
“I have not heard in my life that people are going to invite their children to war, fighting and destruction this is happening only in Shabwah,” as the statement quoted.
The statement demanded the opening of criminal cases for the elements that receive orders from outside the province, and the prosecution of those involved in the recent events, and praised the mediation role of more than 200 Shabwah people and worked to stop the clashes and reached a calming position.
The province of Shabwah is sharply divided, with unprecedented tension, as pro-UAE forces, which was controlling for months the Balhaf oil port and several coastal directorates, are trying to stretch into the northern part of the province which controlled by government forces.
In the past few days, parliamentarians, party and political leaders, government officials and ministers have accused the UAE authorities of escalating the militias in Socotra and Shabwah, attempting to topple the remaining (recognized) legality in the liberated areas, and imposing full control over the liberated areas, through elites and security belts created by the Southern Transitional Council as military arms outside state institutions, and calling for secession.
local sources revealed yesterday the departure of Emirati troops through the oil port of Al-Buraiqa district, southern Yemen, in conjunction with the arrival of new Sudanese troops to the interim capital Aden, but it was unclear why the UAE troops were leaving, and whether they were directed to other areas in Yemen.