Human rights: Transitional militias killed and injured 300 civilians, including women and children, and executed 11 soldiers

Human rights: Transitional militias killed and injured 300 civilians, including women and children, and executed 11 soldiers

The Yemeni government has accused the militias of the UAE-backed Transitional Council of killing and injuring some 300 civilians, including women and children, carrying out mass executions of wounded soldiers and officers, raiding citizens' homes and looting them, carrying out mass arrests and systematic and hysterical pursuits in Aden and Abyan provinces, southern Yemen.

On Thursday, Abu Dhabi-backed STC militants regained control of several areas in Aden and Abyan province, which they lost on Tuesday and Wednesday, after the army tightened its control in Abyan and Lahj, and the arrival of its forces in the city of Aden, which coincided with a popular movement that toppled the militias from three districts in the interim capital Aden, strategic areas including the Presidential Palace and Aden International Airport.

According to the ministry of human rights of the internationally recognized government, the Southern Transitional Militias have liquidated 11 soldiers and army officers in a hospital.

In a statement released by the state-run Saba news agency, the ministry said that some 300 civilians, including women and children, were killed and wounded by militia from the so-called Transitional Council in Aden and Abyan.

The ministry said it had received preliminary information about the break-in of the residences of young students in Aden, the pursuit of citizens in the streets and their illegal detention.

In a video recording last night, Vice President of the Southern Transitional Council Hani Ben Brik announced the start of a large-scale campaign to "root out and cleanse Aden" of what he described as sleeper cells and terrorist elements in Aden, stressing that the campaign is aimed at "those of us who pardoned them previously", referring to the presidential protection officials And government forces.

The Ministry of Human Rights said in a statement that it had received "videos and photographs of executions, torture, liquidations and insults committed by transitional militias for prisoners of war," stressing that they were "explicit violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law."

The statement condemned "the retaliatory practices and crimes of the so-called Transitional Council, which is supported by the United Arab Emirates, against citizens in Aden and Abyan." "The transitional militia is responsible for the bloody crimes, which included extrajudicial executions of civilians, prisoners, abductees and wounded in hospitals on a regional basis."

"Less than 48 hours after the capital, Aden, was cleared of terrorist groups in the guise of legitimacy, the sleeper ISIS terrorist cells moved in some of the capital's directorates," the STC said in a statement. "To carry out a number of terrorist operations, it has caused a number of casualties among the members of the armed forces, the security belt, the resistance and innocent citizens."

The Ministry of Human Rights noted the escalation and increase of violations after the targeting of the UAE aggression aircraft to the national army forces in Aden and Abyan, which killed and injured hundreds of people, followed directly by the pursuits and liquidations carried out by the militia of the so-called Transitional Council for wounded in Hospitals to which they have been transferred and raiding homes.

On Wednesday and Thursday, UAE warplanes carried out air strikes, which Abu Dhabi acknowledged to carry out, justifying it as self-defense and protection of coalition forces after they were targeted by "terrorist groups", but the government rejected the UAE's justifications and accused it of carrying out more than a dozen raids in Aden and Abyan, in order to protect the southern coup d'état and the obstruction of the extension of state authority, resulting in the death and wounding of more than 300 military personnel and civilians in the UAE bombing.

The Ministry of Human Rights called on the National Commission to investigate these violations and determine responsibility for bringing the perpetrators to justice. In the statement, it also called on "UN organizations, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and international human rights organizations to exert more pressure by all means to deter rebel militias."

It should be noted that there is little information from Aden and Abyan about the violations committed by the Southern Transitional Militias, which have harassed the media and prosecuted journalists and activists.


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