Popular tension in Aden, the interim capital of Yemen, is rising unprecedentedly because of the repeated crimes by United Arab Emirates militias between killings, arbitrary arrests, rape and other abuses.
Protests continued for the third consecutive day in the southern province of Aden to demand the handover of soldiers of the UAE-backed anti-terrorism forces after they killed a key witness in a rape case in the town of Al-Mualla.
Witnesses said that protesters cut roads and burned tires in the cities of Mualla, Mansoura and Khormaksar to protest against the abduction of the main witness in the case and killed by gunmen on a military vehicle.
Activists have called for civil disobedience in Aden to protest the excesses of armed formations that have recently emerged in the city and are not subject to the state’s military and security apparatus.
Ahmed Al-Maysari, deputy prime minister and Yemeni interior minister, accused parties – without naming them – of interfering in the security situation.
Al-Maysari stressed that his ministry does not control the security scene alone, pointing to the existence of a defect in the relationship between the Yemeni government and the Saudi-Yemeni alliance, calling for rectification.
The people of Aden have already accused the UAE-Saudi alliance of being behind the assassination of imams and mosque preachers.
It is noteworthy that there are armed groups that loyal to the UAE in several Yemeni governorates, including Aden, the interim capital, Mukalla and Shabwa. Local leaders in Al-Mahra province warned of the danger of forming a militia outside the state apparatus, which is being formed by the UAE-backed Transitional Council.
The deputy governor for youth affairs Badr Kalashat Al-Mehri said earlier that these forces are aimed at igniting endless conflicts and the spread of armed violence, in addition to undermining the legitimacy of the state and security institutions and military.
A few days ago Ali al-Bajiri, a southern leader and a member of the Yemeni National Dialogue Conference, revealed that UAE forces in the country killed 32 Yemeni clerics and brought an Isis leader to Yemen.
Al-Bajiri said in a press interview that the UAE has brought a leader named Abu Bakr al-Zakhri from Iraq to Yemen to create a seed for the Islamic State organization in Yemen to use it as a pretext for maintaining its forces and military presence.
Abu Dhabi has killed 32 Yemeni clerics since its forces entered the country after the intervention of the Saudi-UAE alliance in March 2015 and have established more than 13 prisons and detention centers used to forcibly hide young people.
In response to a question about the UAE plans to create chaos thereby setting up bases for Isis and Al-Qaeda, Al-Bajiri replied: “Certainly. After nearly four years, the UAE plans in Yemen are known to all.”
“Everyone is aware that it – UAE – came to Yemen to destroy the state through the establishment of Yemeni regional and tribal belts, and the formation of militias loyal to it.”
He said in a related context: “The Saudi-UAE alliance today is a heavy burden on the Yemenis, especially after their colonial ambitions was revealed, and it turned out that their goal is limited to the dismemberment of Yemen.”
As for Saudi Arabia, he said that “the wise, old and experienced people who were running the policy of the kingdom some of them died and others were removed from the scene by planning and instigating from the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed.”
He pointed out that bin Zayed did so “to control the Saudi decision and its administration, and there are many pieces of evidence at Yemeni level prove that.”
“I told the Saudis that Abu Dhabi was conspiring against them and against the Yemenis alike. And that they entered the field in accordance with a previous deal with, the deposed president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to secure his and his family’s return to power in exchange for Aden and Socotra,” he said.
He added: “Abu Dhabi has also agreed with Saleh before his death to escalate the process of secession; by supporting some secessionist figures and raising the flag of the south,” which confirms the conspiratorial Abu Dhabi against Riyadh.
Devastation is the main scene in Yemen, nearly four years after the UAE began a war of aggression against the country as part of its main role in the military alliance that killed thousands of Yemenis and turned Yemen into the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.
Aden, the temporary capital of Yemen, is in the faces the UAE’s deliberate desolation in Yemen.
Since it controlled Aden, the UAE and its allies have imposed a different reality on the city, through many criminal practices.