Yemen's president requests UN to hold session on UAE airstrikes on Yemeni gov't troops

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-30 05:22:28|Editor: yan
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ADEN, Yemen, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour on Thursday requested the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to hold a session on the airstrikes launched by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) against his troops.

The president said in a statement read on his behalf through the state television network that his government "formally requested the UNSC to hold a session on the blatant aerial bombardment by UAE against the Yemeni armed forces as they exercise constitutional right to confront rebel militias."

He also accused the UAE of supporting the Southern Transitional Council (STC) that's waging armed attacks against the government forces in the country's southern part.

President Hadi renewed his demands to Saudi Arabia to intervene to stop the UAE interferences, which "support rebel militias and back them with aerial strikes against the armed forces."

Earlier this month, the forces of the STC seized the country's presidential palace in Aden after expelling all the government's armed forces and expanded toward other southern areas.

Hadi said that his forces started to confront the STC and impeded its expansion in the neighboring southern provinces, but UAE airstrikes struck the government troops.

The president has directed the government "to take all the necessary measures to confront this blatant aggression."

He concluded by vowing to regain control over Aden from the separatist forces and the capital Sanaa from Houthi rebels.

Aden is almost entirely under the control of the STC forces that are also allied to the Saudi-led coalition in the fighting against the Houthis.

Considered as Yemen's temporary capital, Aden is where the Saudi-backed Yemeni government has based itself since 2015.

The impoverished Arab country has been locked in a civil war since late 2014, when the Houthis overran much of the country and seized all northern provinces including the capital Sanaa.