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Aden Violence Amid Calls for Secession

Aden City has witnessed an intense exchange of gunfire in several districts on Sunday

Demonstrators in Mualla, Aden

morning.

Tanks and armored vehicles were also seen in the streets after some protesters set fires in some of the neighborhood entrances, demanding the fall of the regime, said one activist Ali al-Jawfi.

Many districts responded to the call of civil disobedience made on the 16th of February by the youth protestor movement, and many shops were closed and the movement of public transportation was halted.

Young protestors of the 16th of February movement have called for civil disobedience in all public and private institutions and called upon citizens to commit to their declaration and refrain from paying electricity and water bills as well as taxes as an escalation of protests to overthrow the regime.

Al-Jawfi also pointed that the beginning of the protests outbreak was the attempt of the youth to block the city streets with stones and cement blocks and prevent vehicles from passing against the non-implementation of the disobedience campaign, forcing the army to intervene and open roads.

This escalation comes as some opposition newspapers mentioned that a group of the Southern Hirak are attempting to control Aden’s T.V and Radio stations to broadcast a statement calling for “secession.”

Observers see this step in Aden governorate as one of the preparation in the south to declare separation if the current regime falls.

This step comes when governorates like Sa’ada , al-Jawf, Marib and parts of Amran and Hajjah are under the control of the Houthis.

The sign of civil war in light of the failure of dialogue between the political parties in Yemen, especially as the former southern president Ali Salem al-Beidh spoke on the al-Hurra channel and demanded the young protestors in the protesting squares to support separation in the South.

That worried the Yemeni opposition, which tried to dissuade the former southern president and demanded him to review his position.

The opposition responded that “it is time for the young  revolutionaries to pick up the banner of the Republic and unity and to stand with it until the hopes and ambitions of the Yemeni people are achieved.”

Hamoud al-Hittar, former minister of Islamic endowments, who was the first minister to resign from the ruling party and join the protestors, submitted a letter to al-Beidh demanding him to retreat from his call of secession and instead to emphasize unity.

Al-Hattar also called al-Beidh to return to the homeland and participate in the peaceful revolution.