The UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) has on Friday expressed its “right to defend itself and to counter the ongoing mobilisations of Hadi’s government towards the occupied southern provinces,” calling for their immediate withdrawal.
STC spokesman Nizar Haitham said in a statement that the STC affirms its adherence to its” right to defend its territory, its ability to counter and deter any force that tries to cross the current lines of contact,” and calls on these forces to withdraw immediately.
Nizar stressed that “the Council supports peace and blesses Saudi efforts to overcome the current problem” and that “they are ready to deter all the bullying and reckless behaviour by force.”
The statement warned against any attempts by the Muslim Brotherhood militias to thwart the Riyadh Agreement.
For nearly five years, Yemen’s southern provinces have been in a bloody conflict between warring factions loyal to the Saudi-led aggression coalition against Yemen.