The Saudi-led coalition involved in the intervention of Yemen seems to be collapsing.
The United Arab Emirates-backed Southern Transitional Council has seized a presidential palace and most of military facilities in Yemen’s port city of Aden after several days of clashes with forces loyal to Saudi-backed ‘President’ Mansur Hadi. Saudi-backed forces had used Aden as their capital since the very start of the intervention because they are unable to capture the Yemeni capital of Sanaa from Ansar Allah (the Houthis) and its allies.
A spokesman for the Security Belt, forces linked with the Southern Transitional Council, told AFP news agency on August 10 that fighters from the group met no resistance when they seized the all-but empty presidential palace.
“We took the Maashiq palace from presidential [guard] forces without a fight,” he said.
The Saudi-backed Hadi government called the situation a coup.
“What is happening in the temporary [government] capital of Aden by the Southern Transitional Council is a coup against institutions of the internationally recognised government,” the Saudi-backed ‘Yemeni foreign ministry’ said in a Twitter post.
The tensions between the Hadi government and the Southern Transitional Council have always been an open secret. However, the years of Saudi-led coalition failures in the conflict against the Houthis have deepened differences between the formal allies.
Now, when it’s clear that the Saudi-led coalition is not capable of capturing eastern Yemen (at least its vital areas like al-Hudaydah, Sanaa) and even securing own border to prevent Houthi attacks, the sides involved in the Saudi-UAE-led effort in the country have joined an increasingly tense struggle for power within southern Yemen.
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