Military source to Al Jazeera: 400 UAE armored vehicles resolved the battle in Aden and the giants leaders were sent to Hajj to neutralize them

Military source to Al Jazeera: 400 UAE armored vehicles resolved the battle in Aden and the giants leaders were sent to Hajj to neutralize them


Al-Jazeera said a military source revealed details of the battle in Aden, southern Yemen, which led to the capture of the city by security-belt forces and the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC).

The channel's website quoted the source as saying that the coup and control of the city was prepared and planned in advance between the UAE and the rebels, and that the Saudi force requested some coordinates but did nothing, he said.

He added that Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi met with Saudi officials and informed them of the seriousness of the situation at the time, pointing out that the leaders of the Giants brigades and military commanders were sent days before the battle for hajj to neutralize them.

The source explained that Hadi's military forces took control of the battle for three days, prompting the UAE to intervene and support the rebels with 400 armored vehicles, and confirmed that the UAE provided the rebels with all kinds of support, adding that on the third day of the fighting some units collapsed and others withstood and we asked them to withdraw.

According to al-Jazeera, Saudi Arabia promised President Hadi support and intervention to stop the rebels' actions, but did not, pointing out that the Saudi military force beneath the presidential palace in Aden remained a spectator as requested.

He said a Saudi delegation met with Yemeni Interior Minister Ahmed al-Maysari, who demanded a ceasefire without response, and that a Saudi force had transferred the interior and transport ministers to Aden airport.

Following the Aden coup, Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz met with Yemeni President Hadi, as well as Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, who stressed that the UAE and Saudi Arabia stand together in the face of forces that threaten the security of the countries of the region, and that they agree to demand that the conflicting Yemeni parties take the lead in the language Dialogue, reason and the interest of Yemen.

The Yemeni government blamed the Southern Transitional Council and the UAE for the "consequences of the coup" in Aden, calling on Abu Dhabi to immediately stop its material and military support for the separatists.


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