Separatists Clash With Islamists in South Yemen’s Capital, Ten Killed

Four civilians killing in fighting around residential areas

Pro-Saudi forces have styled Aden as the “interim capital” of Yemen, because they don’t control Sanaa. Increasingly, they don’t control Aden, either, which has a lot of separatists and rival factions vying for control.

The Crater neighborhood, which is heavily residential, has seen a lot of fighting among two of those factions, as the main separatists, the Southern Transitional Council (STC) fought with a breakaway group of Salafists. Ten were killed, including four civilians.

The Salafist group is led by Imam al-Noubi, and fell out with the STC two years ago. His group calls itself the Security Belt, and has promised to clear the area of “some groups.”

Aden has been the site of major protests in recent weeks, as locals complain about rising prices and scarcity. Those are problems across Yemen, of course, but Aden has faced particularly serious woes lately.

Author: Jason Ditz

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