Sources in Aden: Withdrawal limited to three civilian sites and a hospital and Transitional confirms: no withdrawal

Sources in Aden: Withdrawal limited to three civilian sites and a hospital and Transitional confirms: no withdrawal


Informed sources in the interim capital Aden said on Saturday that the withdrawal of the forces of the so-called Southern Transitional Council limited only to three government headquarters and a hospital.

The sources added, that the elements of the Transitional withdrew from the general secretariat of the Council of Ministers, the Supreme Judicial Council, the Central Bank and Aden and Aden hospital, pointing out that the withdrawal took place under the supervision of a Saudi committee.

The sources denied that there had been a withdrawal from any of the camps captured by the forces of the so-called Southern Transitional Council (STC) last Saturday after bloody clashes in the city.

Nizar Haitham, spokesman for the southern transition, denied Saturday that there had been a withdrawal, saying that what was happening was part of the understandings with the leadership of the Saudi-led Arab coalition to secure some service sites in the city.

"Withdrawal as a term does not exist, and what is happening comes within the framework of understandings with the leadership of the Arab Alliance, and these understandings are always in the service of the citizens," Haitham was quoted by Monte Carlo Radio as saying.

Haitham added: "It has now been agreed that there will be a joint technical committee to manage service facilities, such as the Central Bank, the hospital and the judicial complex, these facilities are considered services for citizens and therefore there is no dispute about them."

He continued: "The process of securing these sites will be joint under the direct supervision of the leadership of the Saudi-led coalition to ensure that there are no elements that may disturb the security in the direction of the legitimate government."

On Saturday morning, the Arab Coalition announced that southern Transitional Council (STC) units and security belt forces had begun to withdraw and return to their former positions in Yemen’s interim capital, Aden, in response to coalition calls.

Media close to Saudi Arabia quoted statements by Arab Coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki and Saudi Ambassador Mohammed Al Jaber confirming the start of the withdrawal and welcomes the move, which it considered a success for its efforts to end the coup in Aden.

For its part, the Yemeni government welcomed the withdrawal of transitional militias from four civil institutions, including a hospital.


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