SHABWAH -Saudi-backed forces have on Tuesday launched a campaign of crackdown against the Southern Transitional Council militias, which are funded by the United Arab of Emirates, in Shabwah province, eastern Yemen.
The campaign coincided with the arrival of large amounts of Saudi military vehicles to the provincial capital.
Local authorities loyal to Saudi-backed government in Shabwah arrested eight followers of STC militias, including a prominent leader, as they launched what they called a campaign to root out the UAE-backed militias.
The so-called Security Committee, headed by the leader of the Al-Islah party and the governor of Hadi in Shabwah, revealed that it had distributed lists of the names of what it described as “wanted criminals”. However, activists said the lists included journalists, activists and politicians in the province.
The campaign comes with extensive military preparations carried out by the Islah party to tighten its grip on the oil province of Shabwah, with the continued dispatch of military reinforcements from Ma’rib and through the port of al- Wadiah coming from Saudi Arabia.