UAE-backed separatists urge ‘uprising’ in south Yemen

SANA’A (Web Desk) Separatists in southern Yemen, backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have called for an uprising in the restive port city of Aden and other southern provinces, controlled by officials of the country’s former Saudi-allied government.We assure our people in all the southern provinces that we support a popular uprising which would end the suffering, and we insist that it be peaceful,” the so-called Southern Transitional Council (STC) said in a statement on Wednesday.

The separatists want to revive the former South Yemen republic which merged with the north in 1990.The port city of Aden, Yemen’s second largest city, used to be the capital of the once independent South Yemen.The call for uprising could further put pressure on UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, who was expected in Abu Dhabi later on Wednesday to meet Emirati officials and the STC leader, Aidaroos al-Zubaidi.The UAE has played a key role in a Saudi-led military campaign,

Which was launched in March 2015 with the aim of reinstalling the government of former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.Yemen has no effective government for now, and the state affairs are now being run by Yemen’s Houthi Ansarull movement, which is also defending the country against the Saudi war.Prior to the offensive, Hadi had resigned and fled to Riyadh. The Saudi regime and its allies later managed to seize Aden from the Houthis and put it under the control of the ex-president’s officials.

Numerous Arab-language outlets have verified the collision between Saudi and Emirati interests there. Neither Abu Dhabi nor Riyadh has, however, attested to any division within the Saudi-led coalition.The STC statement further called on “the people to control the government’s institutions that provide revenues,” referring to the bodies controlled by the forces loyal to Hadi. It did not say whether this should include oilfields.It further urged the separatist forces to.

Protect southern Yemenis protesting against the mishandling of the worsening economic situation by the Saudi-backed administration.Soaring prices have put some basic commodities out of reach for many Yemenis, and those in control of southern areas have struggled to pay public sector salaries.

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