Yemen Missile Strike Kills Five Southern Separatists

 

A missile struck a passing out ceremony in southern Yemen on Sunday, killing at least five southern separatists, security officials said.

The ceremony in the town of Ad-Dali was for new recruits to the separatist-dominated Security Belt Forces, a formation trained and equipped by the United Arab Emirates to patrol territory retaken from northern rebels or Al-Qaeda, its spokesmen Majed al-Shuaibi said.

Five soldiers were killed and nine others wounded when the missile hit the reviewing stand during the march-past.

Shuaibi told AFP the missile was fired by the Huthi Shiite rebels who control the capital Sanaa and much of the north.

But there was no immediate claim of responsibility from the Iran-allied rebels, whose forces are present in the mountains just 60 kilometres (40 miles) north of Ad-Dali.

In August, 36 Security Belt soldiers were killed in a drone and missile attack by the Huthis on a passing out ceremony just outside the main southern city of Aden.

The security forces in the south have also come under repeated attack by both Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.

There has also been a war within a war between rival unionists and separatist elements of the loyalist security forces.

The Security Belt Forces seized Aden in deadly fighting with unionists in August and a fragile truce reached in Saudi Arabia last month has so far failed to produce a promised power-sharing government.

[UPDATED] 40 Killed, 260 Wounded In Clashes In Yemen’s Aden – UN

Yemeni supporters of the southern separatist movement pose for a picture with a tank they confiscated from a nearby military base in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on August 10, 2019. Nabil HASAN / AFP

 

Fighting between pro-government forces and separatists in Yemen’s second city Aden has killed around 40 people and injured 260 others including civilians, the UN said on Sunday.

“Scores of civilians have been killed and wounded since August 8 when fighting broke out in the city of Aden. Preliminary reports indicate that as many as 40 people have been killed and 260 injured,” a UN statement said.

“It is heart-breaking that during Eid al-Adha, families are mourning the death of their loved ones instead of celebrating together in peace and harmony,” UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Lise Grande said.

“Our main concern right now is to dispatch medical teams to rescue the injured,” she said.

“We are also very worried by reports that civilians trapped in their homes are running out of food and water,” Grande added, urging the belligerents to protect civilians.

“Families need to be able to move freely and safely to secure the things they need to survive.

“We are asking authorities to guarantee unimpeded access for humanitarian organisations,” she said.

Firefighters extinguish a fire following the clashes between pro-government forces and separatists in the Mansoura district of  Aden on August 11, 2019. Nabil HASAN / AFP

 

The clashes flared on Wednesday between fighters of the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and combatants from the so-called Security Belt trained by the United Arab Emirates who are dominated by separatists seeking an independent south.

The government of Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi is backed by a Saudi-led military coalition that includes the UAE as a key partner in the fight against Iran-aligned Shiite Huthi rebels.

The southern port city of Aden has been the base of the Hadi government since it was driven from the capital Sanaa by the rebels more than four years ago.

The coalition has called for a ceasefire and an “urgent meeting” between the warring parties.

Both the Yemeni government and separatists said early Sunday they backed Riyadh’s call for dialogue and a suspension of fighting.

But in a sermon to mark the start of the Muslim Eid al-Adha festival, Southern Transitional Council (STC) vice president Hani bin Breik said his group — which is seeking secession — will not “negotiate under threat”.

AFP

Qaeda Attack In Yemen Kills Five Soldiers

 

Al-Qaeda jihadists on Friday attacked an army checkpoint in southern Yemen, killing five pro-government soldiers and wounding several others, security officials said.

The attack took place in the Mudiya region of Abyan province, they added.

“Five soldiers were killed and several others wounded on Friday morning in an attack carried out by Al-Qaeda gunmen… on a checkpoint,” one security official told AFP.

A second security official said the “Al-Qaeda fighters used machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades” in the attack, confirming that five pro-government forces had been killed.

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The United States considers Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) the global jihadist network’s most dangerous branch.

AQAP, Islamic State group and other jihadist factions have flourished in the chaos of Yemen’s civil war, which has pitted the government — backed by a Saudi-led military coalition since 2015 — against Shiite Huthi rebels.

Mudiya region, where the attack took place, used to be a bastion of Al-Qaeda at the onset of the civil war before loyalist forces drove jihadists from it, the security sources said.

AFP

Yemen Suicide Attack Claims Dozens’ In Aden

suicide bomber, yemen suicide attack , aden, islamic state, Not less than 60 people have been killed after a suicide car bomb exploded at a military facility in the southern Yemen city of Aden.

Also hit was a training camp, used by the pro-government popular resistance militia.

Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the attack.

IS’s self-styled news agency Amaq told BBC that the group had carried out Monday’s attack.

It comes amid a fresh push to end Yemen’s 17-month old war between Saudi-backed government and rebels.

Some 2.5 million Yemenis have also been displaced as a result of the fighting.

Meanwhile, the government and rebels have responded positively to a new gulf-backed initiative to end the conflict.

The rebels, however said they were prepared to restart negotiations, provided the Saudi-led coalition stopped attacking and laying siege to territories held by them.

The last peace talks in Kuwait earlier in August collapsed.

The Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes in Yemen since March 2015 in support of the internationally recognised government of President Abedrabbo Hadi.

Aden Hotel Attack: Yemen’s PM Escapes Unharmed

Aden Hotel Attack: Yemen's PM Escapes Unharmed Yemen’s Prime Minister (PM), Khaled Bahah, has escaped the explosion that rocked a Hotel in Aden in Yemen early on Tuesday.

15 Saudi-led coalition troops and pro-government fighters have been killed in the grenade attack on the Qasr hotel, which is frequently used by the Yemeni PM and his cabinet, early on Tuesday.

According to BBC, PM Bahah and members of his government escaped unharmed.

While the United Arab Emirates blamed rocket-fire from Houthi rebels, the Islamic State (IS) said suicide bombers were responsible.

The Qasr hotel has been used as a seat of government since a Saudi-led coalition forced Houthi rebels from Aden, Yemen’s second city.

The Houthi rebels advanced on the city and in March, forced Yemeni President, Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and the government to flee to Saudi Arabia.

In July, pro-government militiamen and soldiers drove the Houthis and allied army units out of the port city with the help of coalition ground forces.

President Hadi returned to Aden from exile late last month, though he was not reported to be staying at the hotel when the attack was launched.