Reports & News

Tue - 07 May 2019 - 08:57 PM ،،،

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 Members of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) suspect that renewed fighting in al-Dhale is directly linked to the issue of southern separation.

STC media outlets reported that government military units fell back in the face of the Houthi offensive, and that some previously government-aligned commanders defected to the Houthi side.

STC media outlets have presented the offensive as part of a plot to destabilise the South, undermine the STC and UAE-backed southern forces, and pave the way for a joint Houthi-Islah attack on Aden. The STC suspects a “northern” Houthi-Islah reconciliation aimed at subduing the South and pre-empting a possible separation bid.

UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths has direct contact with the warring sides. Quiet diplomacy by his team could help reduce the fighting, prevent an escalation in neighbouring governorates and contain the festering issue of southern independence so that it can be addressed through negotiations.