UAE-backed Southern Transitional (STC) Militia has taken control of strategic locations of the most important Saudi-backed Islah Party camps in the coastal city of Shakra, local sources in Abyan governorate confirmed.
Pro-STC activists circulated photos on social media, Saturday evening, to the STC militia near the Islah’s Qarn Al-Classi camp.
They explained that the field leader in the STC so-called “Storm Brigades”, Muhammad Al-Khalifi, was wounded in violent clashes at the first sites of the Qarn Al-Classi camp.
Other sources indicated that the clashes that took place near the camp, which is 30 km from the administrative borders of Zanzibar city, the capital of the province, left dead and wounded, and heavy equipment losses on both sides.
The sources stated that a number of armored vehicles of the Islah militants withdrew in the face of the STC attacks with various types of weapons.
The sources pointed to the continued fierce confrontations in the Sheikh Salem front east of Zanzibar, in an attempt by the Islah militants to take control of Al-Tareya camp, the largest camp of the STC, after it was restored a few days ago.
Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched the devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 in order to bring former President Hadi back to power, under a tired expression of “the internationally recognised legitimate government” of the fugitive president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who has apparently been running the country from the Saudi capital, Riyadh, since he fled Yemen in 2015.
Southern Yemen is witnessing intense clashes between militants, backed by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, exposing a deep rift in the Riyadh-led coalition.
The Saudi-led coalition has urged the UAE-backed forces to return to a power-sharing deal signed in Riyadh last November. Riyadh’s agreement halted months of heavy clashes between the UAE-backed troops and forces loyal to Hadi, however, the Emirati-backed STC declared a state of emergency and announced “self-administration rule” in Yemen’s southern regions, including the port city of Aden — which has served as the seat of Hadi’s former regime during the Saudi military aggression, sparking the tensions.