The supporters of separation from the government have managed to capture a number of government buildings, including the HQ, in the port city of Aden, a source told Sputnik.
The Southern Transitional Council, which supports the idea of separation from the Houthi-dominated north, planned to stage a rally on Sunday, demanding that Yemeni president, Abdrabu Mansur Hadi dismiss his cabinet.
The southern protesters accuse Prime Minister Ahmed Bin Dagher and his ministers of corruption, thus requiring Hadi to fire them Sunday and then form a new government.
According to the source, heavy clashes are taking place in the area: the government forces are fighting with the separatists.
“The armed formations of the Transitional Council today seized a complex of court buildings, the general secretariat of the government and the Jebel Hadid military camp in the Crater area,” the source said.
One of the local doctors said that as a result of the clashes in the Chorus Maskar region, at least nine people had been injured, two of them are in critical condition. It is noted that the authorities closed the Aden airport in connection with the current situation.
In an effort to avoid clashes, Hadi banned public gatherings for the time of expected rallies, what was the reason for the arrival of thousands of the Southern Transitional Council’s supporters to the port city.
The Saudi-led military coalition, supporting Hadi, called on all political forces to show restraint and adhere to peaceful dialogue amid the ongoing clashes.
Separatists created their own transitional council of Southern Aden in May 2017. The former provincial mayor, Aidarus al-Zubeydi, who was dismissed by President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, is leading the movement.