Separatist group in Yemen announces self-rule in country's south
April 26 2020 10:20 AM
A file photo taken on November 26, 2019, shows a reinforcement convoy of Yemen's Security Belt Force
A file photo taken on November 26, 2019, shows a reinforcement convoy of Yemen's Security Belt Force dominated by members of the the Southern Transitional Council (STC) seeking independence for southern Yemen, heading from the southern city of Aden to Abyan province

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Yemen's separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) early on Sunday announced it would establish self-rule in regions under their control, which the Saudi-backed government warned would have "catastrophic consequences".
The move threatens to renew the conflict between nominal allies in Yemen's multifaceted war as the United Nations is trying to secure a permanent truce to combat the coronavirus pandemic in a country weakened by hunger and disease.
Reuters witnesses reported the deployment of STC armed forces in Aden.
In a statement, the STC announced emergency rules in Aden and all southern governorates.
Last year, the STC turned on the government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and seized Aden, with violence spilling over to other southern areas.
"The announcement by the so-called transitional council of its intention to establish a southern administration is a resumption of its armed insurgency ... and an announcement of its rejection and complete withdrawal from the Riyadh agreement," Yemen's Foreign Minister Mohammed Al-Hadhrami said in a ministry statement on Twitter.
The STC "will bear alone the dangerous and catastrophic consequences for such an announcement", the statement said.

Last updated: April 26 2020 12:59 PM


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