Saudi Arabia Gives STC Deadline to Hand Over Aden Airport

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Saudi Arabia has given time the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) to hand over its positions at Aden International Airport to a force loyal to the Saudis.

According to Southern media sources, Saudi forces had asked the STC forces stationed at the airport to evacuate their positions and hand them over to a security force they had trained on their territory over the past two years.

Saudi armored vehicles arrived at the airport to implement the decision, but the STC militia refused and brought reinforcements, the sources said.

The same sources pointed to the deployment of armed men belonging to the leader of the so-called “Southern Resistance” Abdul Nasser al-Ba’wa “Abu Hammam” in civilian clothes in the vicinity of the airport and the main streets in the district of Khormaksar, in conjunction with a similar deployment in the vicinity of the presidential palace of al- Ma’ashiq as well as in Mualla and Tawahi districts amid great tension.

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