emiratis & toads slug it out with tanks

UAE-Backed Forces Seize Aden Airport From Toad-Backed Troops
Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com, May 31 2017

Further complicating the Toad War in Yemen, allies backed by two of the GCC nations involved in the invasion, the Toads and the UAE, are now engaging in open fighting in the “interim” capital city of Aden, with UAE-backed forces seizing the Aden airport, killing one soldier. Before that, the airport was under the control of the Hadi government, the Toad-backed faction for whom the invasion was initially launched. Hadi resigned in Jan 2015, but the Toads vowed to reinstall him in power, though so far they control only the southern half of the country. That’s where things get particularly complicated, as the territory split in Yemen is now roughly in line with the old split between North and South Yemen, and there are growing secessionist movements within South Yemen, and they are eager to just call the war over, setting up an independent state out of Aden, and let North Yemen stay in the hands of the Houthis. Hadi opposes that, both because an independent South Yemen might not accept him as its ruler, and because he’s still hoping that the Toads conquer the whole country for him. Hadi accused the Emirates of backing the secessionist movement. Hadi’s supporters suggested the Emirates envisioned being given permission to set up ports across South Yemen to expand their regional influence.

UAE-backed forces gain control over Aden airport
Ahmed al-Haj, AP, May 31 2017

Forces backed by the United Arab Emirates have taken over the airport in the southern city of Aden, according to Yemeni security officials, further fueling tension between internationally recognized puppet Pres Hadi and the UAE. The officials said that one soldier from among the forces guarding the airport died in clashes Wednesday morning. The UAE contributed forces to the Toad-led coalition that secured Hadi’s return to the country following his exile in 2014. Hadi was originally forced to flee the capital Sanaa when it was seized by the Houthis, and Aden became his temporary seat of power. However, tensions have grown between Hadi and the Emirs over control of Aden’s airport, the main gateway to Yemen’s second largest city. Emirati-led forces have made several previous unsuccessful attempts to seize the airport. Hadi’s supporters accuse the Emiratis of aiding groups attempting to create an independent government in the south of Yemen, which would allow the leading economic power in the region to maintain a permanent presence in the south with its strategic ports. Conflicts over the airport started in February, when the head of airport security, an Emirati supporter, refused to allow Hadi’s plane to land in Aden. Hadi ordered him fired, and clashes broke out when armed Hadi loyalists arrived at the airport to enforce his decree. Since then control of the airport had remained split between Emirati-backed forces and Hadi supporters. In May, Hadi sacked two senior officials from the south who allegedly supported the separation and had ties to the Emirates. The move was met with protests in the south and fueled further calls for separation. Meanwhile, the UN envoy for Yemen said on Tuesday that the cholera outbreak in the war-ravaged country has killed over 500 people since the disease reemerged last month. Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed said at a UNSC briefing that there are 60,000 suspected cases of cholera in its second outbreak in Yemen in six months. The UN envoy said that Yemen’s collapsing medical sector contributed to the rapid outbreak, noting that less than 45% of medical facilities are functioning and only half of Yemenis have access to clean water. The WHO said in its latest update on Monday that the disease continues to spread but at a slower pace, putting the death toll at 471.

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