SHABWAH – Large Saudi military forces have arrived on Thursday in Shabwah province, southeast of Yemen, in a bid to take control of the province.
According to informed sources, the Saudi force is intended to replace the UAE-backed militias, if the Hadi government-in-exile were to decide it wants to remove the UAE out of the equation in the region.
Alaa Hanash, a journalist loyal to the Transitional Council militias, confirmed that military reinforcements from Radfan, Dhalea and Aden headed for Ataq city of Shabwa province, southeast Yemen. “Wait for good news in the coming hours,” he said.
Political observers considered that the dispatch of Saudi forces to the province of Shabwah comes as part of the conflict of interests between the Emirati and Saudi occupiers in the southern provinces.
The province of Shabwa witnessed on Thursday fierce battles between the transitional council’s militias backed by the UAE and Islah Party’s gunmen loyal to Hadi’s government in Ataq city.