A meeting that included tribal elders and personalities in the Yemeni archipelago of Socotra called for the removal of the militants brought by the UAE and the Southern Transitional Council from outside Socotra in Yemen, whose number is estimated in the hundreds.
The meeting said yesterday, Saturday, that these gunmen caused tensions and provocations to the people of the archipelago, and stressed the need for the militants to return to their areas, cancel the new checkpoints on the roads, and hand over fixed points to soldiers from Socotra.
The meeting denounced what they described as the terrorism of the militants towards the activities and protests, after the incidents of the Transitional Council gunmen shooting at demonstrators in the past days.
On the other hand, Yemeni local sources reported that clashes between government forces and the Emirati-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) militants renewed yesterday in the southern governorate of Abyan, hours after they stopped.
The sources added that the sound of clashes and artillery shelling on the soft and Sheikh Salem fronts was heard in the regions of Zinjibar, Jaar and al-Kud, hours after the completion of a prisoner exchange deal between the two parties.
The clashes have continued since last May, as government forces stationed in the coastal city of Shaqra are seeking to regain the city of Aden, which was controlled by the Transitional Council, with Emirati support in August last year, expelling the government from it, and refusing its return.