It’s has been learned that officers from southern Yemeni provinces have relocated back to the capital (Sana’a) as the government led by exiled Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi failed to address their conditions and reintegrate them into the army.
According to southern-based “Aden Al-Ghad (Aden Tomorrow)”, military sources said that dozens of southern security & military officers from the Fourth Military Region are returning to the Yemeni capital and other northern provinces in the coming months after they left the capital last year to participate in the fight to retake Aden and southern provinces from the Houthis and forces loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Many southern officers who went back to Sana’a are recently starting their work in military & security fields, which is similar to the posts they held before the March 2015 conflict.
The returnees stated that their return to Sana’a came after Houthi authorities cut their salaries since the outbreak of the war, stating that many officers went several times to the Security Department in Aden to appeal for help while headed to the Fourth Military Region and explained to their leaders how much suffering they faced during the year and a half.
However, it seems that neither the leaders of Fourth Military Region, security authorities, nor Hadi government paid much attention to their suffering and they did not seek to reintegrate them into the army.
The returnees said they had offered their military services to the Hadi government, but were surprised by the recent trends conducted by the military institutions in Aden.
These institutions are not recruiting soldiers, but instead, enlisting armed militias who have no connection to the military.
A southern army officer who works at the Defense Ministry in Sana’a maintains that he transferred his family and left his office in the capital at the start of conflict, but since then, dozens of his colleagues were not only unable to obtain salaries in the south.
As a result, he was forced to relocate back to Sana’a.
Military sources also revealed that it was prominent military leaders loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh who secretly coordinated the return of the southern officers to Sana’a.
For their return, they have been compensated and given housing inside the capital city.
This latest development comes while Hadi government officials & ministers failed to make a presence inside the coastal city of Aden.
The defections by southern officers may further complicate the relations between the Saudi-led Coalition and Hadi government.