ABYAN – The UAE occupation forces on Saturday pushed three military brigades to Abyan province, southern Yemen, local sources reported.
According to local sources, the UAE sent three military brigades that were brought from the West Coast Front, left Aden and arrived in the Sheikh Salem area on the outskirts of Zinjibar city in the past hours.
The sources confirmed that the UAE’s dispatch of military brigades to Abyan comes in conjunction with the appointment of Ahmed Nasser Salem al-Asiri as commander of the so-called Security Belt forces in Abyan, replacing Abdul Latif al-Sayed. Earlier, Al Sayed already rejected a decision to appoint an officer called Yasser al-Yafei as his successor,
The sources explained that the position of al-Sayed about the decision was not clear, and was likely made under the pressure of the UAE.
Tribal sources also suggested that the new commander al-Asiri’s appointment comes within the framework of Saudi orders, stressing the association of the commander to al-Qaeda and to the Saudi intelligence service.
Saudi Arabia has a strong influence within the militias of, which recently enabled it to reach Aden with the aid of Hadi’s forces about a month ago, before the UAE was able to bomb them on the outskirts of Aden.