ABYAN – Militias of the so-called Security Belt forces, loyal to the UAE, have on Tuesday carried out an extensive deployment in al-Mahfad district in Abyan province.
According to sources, the move came under the directives of the Southern Transitional Council’s leadership and is aimed at completing the control over key areas, as well as pursuing and deporting citizens originating from the northern provinces of Yemen.
“The Security Belt militia has carried out this campaign under the slogan of “pursuing terrorist elements” in order to gain international support,” the sources added.
UAE-backed southern separatist militias have been carrying out a campaign of mass arrests and deportation of northern Yemenis living in the south of Yemen, reportedly under direct orders of the STC. Aside from the deportations, the militias are reported to engage in looting and plundering of arrested Yemenis’ property as well.B