Saudi-led coalition’s heavy fightings creat a new wave of dead ,wounded in southern Yemen
Heavy fighting in southern Yemen, created a new wave of casualties, as the local trauma hospital run by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) received 51 wounded people in a few hours, including 10 who were dead on arrival.
The fighting in Aden is principally between forces loyal to President Hadi—supported by the Saudi-led coalition—and troops from the southern separatist movement, the Southern Transitional Council—supported by the United Arab Emirates. While they have been allies in the war against Ansar Allah, during the past few weeks they have been fighting each other for control of Yemen’s southern governorates.
Violent clashes have ,as well as, erupted in Abyan and Shabwah governorates where MSF provides support to the health system with donations of drugs, supplies, and equipment.
However on Monday, both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi released a joint statement that said forces belonging to the coalition made sought to preserve Yemen.
On August 20, the Yemeni government said the UAE was “fully responsible for the armed rebellion”, a charge denied by Abu Dhabi.
On August 24, government troops took control of the city of Ataq in Shabwa province.
On August 28, pro-government forces said they had recaptured Abyan province, while Yemeni Information Minister Moammer al-Eryani announced that government forces had taken “full control” of Aden, including the presidential palace.
However, the next day, the separatists push back, helped by newly arrived forces from Hodeidah.
Meanwhile, Yemen’s government accused the UAE of launching air raids against its troops in support of separatist fighters, killing at least 30 people.
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.