Separatist in Yemen take over government buildings

Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher attends a conference to raise funds for war-ravaged Yemen at the Unites Nations Office in Geneva

Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher attends a conference to raise funds for war-ravaged Yemen at the Unites Nations Office in Geneva

Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher denounced moves by southern separatists as a coup, saying the situation was moving toward "a comprehensive military confrontation.which is a direct gift to the Houthis and Iran".

The fighting killed 15 people including three civilians, after separatist protesters were prevented from entering the city for a rally to demand the government's ouster from Aden.

It further complicates years of conflict, in which the Saudi-backed government has been battling Iran-backed rebels controlling the capital Sanaa and much of the north of the country.

Several hospitals said at least 10 fighters were killed in the fighting and 30 others were wounded.

Hadi's government refused to be coerced and subsequently banned public gatherings ahead of Sunday's deadline.

The Arab Coalition also stressed that it is important for all Yemenis of different views and affiliations to take responsibility for joint action with the Coalition so as to complete the liberation of all Yemeni land.

The council aims to represent southern Yemen and demands its independence.

Residents are reportedly fleeing the city.

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A bus was also set on fire in the latest flare-up in the city, where a curfew was imposed on Saturday after the clashes. Tiwari said. "National Security Act (NSA) will be slapped on the criminals for vitiating the atmosphere", he said.

"There is no difference between the Houthis and anyone else who rebels against the legitimate government, no matter who they are - left, right, south, east", said Miqdashi, speaking at a remote military base near the central Yemeni city of Marib, late on Saturday.

Jeddah, Jan. 28 (BNA): The Coalition for the Support of Legitimacy in Yemen has called on all Yemeni political and social components for calm, restraint, adhere to the language of calm dialogue, and avoid anything that stirs divisionism and secessionism.

The STC accused bin Daghr's government of attacking peaceful protesters and urged Hadi to sack the prime minister and his cabinet.

The Southern Transitional Council was formed in May 2015 by Brigadier Aidarous al-Zobaidi after Hadi fired him from his position as governor of Aden.

Sunday's rally was called by the Southern Transitional Council, an autonomous body not recognised by the government and aimed at overseeing self-governance in southern provinces. "The matter is in their hands and the hope, as we in the government see it, is on the (United Arab) Emirates".

A senior southern political source accused the government of pushing the dispute toward an armed showdown.

The southern port city of Aden is considered as Yemen's temporary capital and the Saudi-backed Yemeni government based itself there since 2015.

Journalist Tareq al-Mallah said the tension between Hadi's forces and the Southern Council is not new but this time the Saudi-led coalition had failed to reconcile them before they clashed.

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