What is the Legacy infighting embodiment of the Saudi-led coalition in southern Yemen?
A Yemeni activist and political commentator says the recent infighting between Emirati- and Saudi-backed paid fighters in the southern port city of Aden is the embodiment of the UK’s “legacy of divide and conquer.”
Hussain al-Bukhaiti made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Wednesday after Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei warned that the regimes in Riyadh and Abu Dahabi — which have been leading a military campaign against Yemen — are after partitioning the country.
It came after Yemen’s port city of Aden, which bases the ex-government, has been rocked by deadly clashes between Emirati-backed separatists and Saudi-backed paid fighters, amid a widening rift in the Riyadh-led military coalition waging war on the Arabian Peninsula state.According to reports, the infighting broke out Wednesday after the southern separatists attended a funeral for dozens of fellows, including a senior paid fighter commander, who were killed in last week’s retaliatory missile attack.
The United Nations (UN) says at least 40 people have been killed and 260 others wounded in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden during infighting between groups of paid fighters receiving support from either Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Political experts say the recent armed clashes between Saudi-backed paid fighters and Emirati-backed separatists in southern Yemen indicate how the war against the impoverished country has ended up in a deadlock.
In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.
Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.