Clashes in Shabwa stopped after legitimate government forces broke down the attack of UAE-backed forces

Clashes in Shabwa stopped after legitimate government forces broke down the attack of UAE-backed forces


Clashes broke out in the city of Ataq in southeastern Yemen's Shabwa province on Friday morning after violent clashes ended when the army of the legitimate government broke down an attack by the UAE-backed transitional forces and pushed them out of the city.

Field sources told al-Masdar Online that the army and security forces of the legitimate government were able to expel the transitional forces from a number of important positions where they were stationed inside the city of Ataq.

Witnesses said they saw burned Emirati armored vehicles and vehicles on the outskirts of the city after they were targeted by army forces.

The residents of Ataq city lived hours of panic following the outbreak of violent clashes using various types of weapons, which followed military moves by the so-called "Shabwa elite forces", one of the local armed formations established by the UAE, with the aim of imposing its armed control over the city is similar to what happened in the interim capital Aden.

For his part, Deputy Chairman of the Transitional Council Hani Ben Brik announced Friday morning the cessation of hostilities in Shabwa and said that this is out of respect for the Saudi-led coalition and a commitment to calm.

The Ataq military axis command later sent a message to elite forces not to obey the transitional directives, calling on them to join the legitimate government forces and their status would be arranged among the military brigades.

On Thursday, the Yemeni government accused the UAE forces command in Balhaf area of Shabwa province of blowing up the military situation and attempting to storm the city of Ataq, the center of the province, "despite Saudi efforts to end the crisis and stop the escalation."

Government spokesman Rajeh Badi said, "The expansion of the armed rebellion to Shabwa province represents a clear challenge to the objectives of the Arab coalition and to Saudi efforts to calm down all efforts to calm down and contain the crisis."


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