Saudi troops arrive in Yemen’s Aden as deal with separatists stalls
Local sources have said Saudi and Sudanese troops have arrived in Yemen’s southern province of Aden in spite of a Reuters report indicating that an agreement between Yemen’s Saudi-backed government and southern separatists was due to be signed today.
So far no date has been confirmed for the signing of the agreement, according to state news agency SABA. Earlier this week, following months of talks in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah, UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) leader Aidrous Al-Zubaidi headed to Riyadh for further negotiations with the Yemeni government headed by Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
The Saudi and Sudanese reinforcements have been stationed west of Aden between the city’s airport and a military camp belonging to the Saudi-led coalition, with more troops expected to move into Al Anad Air Base north of Aden after the withdrawal of UAE forces last week.
On Monday, the UAE handed key positions in the city to Saudi forces in an attempt to de-escalate political tensions.
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.