Starting on Monday, forces in control of the port city of Aden have declared a night curfew that will begin at 8pm and end at 5am for an unspecified period. This was announced by Aidarous al-Zubaidi, Aden’s governor.
It has been implemented in an apparent bid to counter al-Qaeda forces trying to make advances in the vital Yemeni city. The city is important for smugglers bringing in weapons and other contraband into the war ridden country.
Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch is often seen as its strongest franchise in the world. It currently controls most of Hadhramaut province as well as Zinjibar and Jaar in southern Abyan province.
Red: Houthis/Ansar Allah/Sana’a-based government | Green: Southern Movement/Republicans/Aden-based government | Yellow: Ansar al-Shariah/Al-Qaeda | Black: Islamic State
ISIS has seen itself gain a foothold in the country.
According to United Nation figures, the war in Yemen has killed just under 6000 since March when the Saudi-led aggression began. Most of those killed have not been Houthi fighters, but civilians with most targets getting hit being infrastructure, hospitals and even a Coca-Cola factory.