Saudi-led coalition fires flares over Yemeni port of Aden: residents

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Saudi-led coalition warplanes fired flares over Yemen's Aden at dawn on Saturday near camps occupied by southern separatist fighters who last week seized control of the port city which had been the interim seat of the government.

The separatist fighters last week ousted unionist troops loyal to Hadi from what was the capital of the formerly independent south in clashes that left about 40 people dead.

Ambassador of Yemen to Saudi Arabia Dr. Shayae Al-Zindani denounced the attack, saying this is a threat to security and stability in the region and to the world energy supplies.

Until the year 1990, Southern Yemen was an independent state and the north was widely believed to have forced unification by power.

On Saturday, AFP journalists saw Saudi and Emirati military vehicles deployed around the positions vacated by the separatists.

They said the forces would not quit the government military camps that give them effective control of the city.

The Saudi-backed government's information minister said the southerners had also withdrawn from the hospital and cabinet secretariat, and were in the process of handing over the interior ministry and Aden's refinery. Saudi Arabia's oil production and exports were not interrupted as a result of this terrorist attack.

Earlier this week, the STC forces managed to seize full control over all the neighborhoods and entrances of Aden following four days of fighting, which the internationally-recognized Yemeni government described as "a coup against legitimate authorities". Saudi Aramco on its website refers to the field as "the most remote treasure on Earth", home to reserves of 14.3 billion barrels of oil and 25 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

On the other side, the spokesman for the Aden-based STC Nizar Haitham, said what happened in Aden "is not a withdrawal in its true sense, but there were some mutual understandings with the Arab coalition forces for the good of the citizens".

The Yemen war has been in military stalemate for years.

The field is in one of the most remote corners of Saudi Arabia - so remote it's called the "Empty Quarter" - and linked to the main export terminals by a 645-km pipeline.

The impoverished Arab country has been locked in a civil war since late 2014, when the Houthis overran much of the country and seized all northern provinces including the capital Sanaa.

The Huthi rebels have carried out a spate of cross-border missile and drone attacks targeting Saudi air bases and other facilities in recent months in what it says is retaliation for the Saudi-led air war in Yemen.

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