Arab coalition troops has re-positioned in Yemen’s Aden to strengthening the efforts to secure waterways adjacent to Yemeni coastlines.
According to Saudi Press Agency, The Saudi-led pro-government coalition said in a statement “Coalition forces have been re-positioned in Aden to become under the kingdom’s command and redeployed to conform with requirements of current operations.”
The move comes after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) handed key positions to Saudi forces earlier this month.
It is to be noted that UAE is part of the Saudi-led coalition against northern-based Houthis but has also trained southern separatists, handed key positions to Saudi forces earlier this month.
Earlier on Sunday, the UAE minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash said on Twitter that the deployment of Saudi Arabia’s command of coalition forces in Aden was “a positive development in the interest of stability, unity of priorities and of mobilizing efforts”.
He further added “We are proud of our Saudi Arabia’s command of coalition forces, and also the UAE will continue to work with the kingdom for a better future for Yemen and its brotherly people.”
بيان التحالف حول تموضع القوات في عدن وإعادة انتشارها محصلة جهود سعودية خيّرة ومُقدرة، أدوات التحالف السياسية مكملة لقدرته العسكرية ونمضي معا بثقة في توحيد الصف وتعزيزه، وستبقى الإمارات الداعم والعضيد للمملكة لما فيه مصلحة اليمن الشقيق وتحقيق أهداف التحالف.
— د. أنور قرقاش (@AnwarGargash) October 27, 2019
It is pertinent to mention here that the coalition forces intervened in Yemen in March 2015 as the Houthis rebels closed in on Aden, prompting President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to flee into Saudi exile. The conflict has since lead to killed tens of thousands of people most of them were civilians and thousands of people were displaced owing to this the United Nations calls Yemen crisis is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.