Yemeni separatists surround presidential palace in Aden
Aden, Yemen - Separatists in war-ravaged Yemen have surrounded the presidential palace in the government’s de facto capital Aden, moving closer on Tuesday to taking full control of the southern city.
The government has accused the separatists of attempting a coup in Aden, where more than 36 people have been killed in clashes that opened yet another front in the country’s devastating conflict. The southern port city has served as the government’s base since 2014 after the Iranbacked Houthi rebels - who hail from northern Yemen - took control of the capital Sanaa in their fight against the state.
While President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi now resides in Riyadh, two military officials said Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher and a number of senior government figures were holed up in the Aden presidential palace. For three years, Hadi’s administration was allied with the separatists, driving the Houthi rebels out of the south and back into their strongholds in the north.
But tension between the allies began to surface in April when Hadi dismissed a cabinet minister and the Aden governor, reflecting divisions among his supporters. Tensions boiled over into clashes between the separatists and pro-government forces on Sunday, fuelling chaos
in the country.