Detachments from the Yemen Southern Transitional Council have occupied the Mashik presidential palace in the economic capital of Aden, a Yemeni military source said.
Photo by Tanjug / AP / Nariman El-Mofty
According to him, the separatists did not encounter any resistance and are now inside the palace. Saudi forces stationed in the palace have withdrawn to the military base of an international coalition in the Barik region, west of Aden.
Representative of the Southern Transitional Council Nizar al-Haysam said the organization was not against legality and was ready for dialogue with all political parties, except for Islamists from the El Islah party, who, in his words, "have a negative impact on the President of the Republic of Rab. Mansur Hadi.
"We do not intend to start a battle now for separating Aden and South Yemen from the rest of the country," Haysam said, promising that the Southern Transitional Council's detachments would remain part of the government forces, which are fighting the Hut rebels.
Earlier, a member of the Southern Transitional Council Adnan el Kaf announced that all military bases in Aden were under the control of their forces, as were most of the state institutions that joined the Council.
Deputy Head of Yemen's diplomacy, Muhammad el Hadrami, described the events in Aden as a coup.
Last January, the capital of South Yemen was already under the control of the Southern Transitional Council, with its leader Ajdares el Zubaydi announcing that President Rabo Mansur Hadi, based in Saudi Arabia, has been replaced.
Before the unification of northern and southern Yemen in 1990, there was a People's Democratic Republic of Yemen in the south of the country with its capital in Aden, where the Yemeni Socialist Party was in power.
Since 2014, a conflict between Hut rebels from the Shiite movement Ansar Allah has been ongoing in Yemen, in whose hands the capitals of Sana'a and northern provinces and the army are loyal to the president, on whose side the Arab coalition forces are fighting.