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Separatists in Southern Yemen proclaim self-rule

The Southern Transitional Council (STC), a separatist organisation in Southern Yemen, have announced that they will establish a self-rule region containing the southern port city of Aden.

The STC has accused the Saudi-backed government of Yemen of corruption and mismanaging the region. Whilst the international organisation has not expressed support for the autonomous region; the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been largely supportive of the STC.

The move follows calls from the UN for a global ceasefire.

Alkhader Sulaiman, a representative of the STC, maintained that;

"We are still calling for a ceasefire, de-escalation on all fronts. We want things to go smoothly and we want to be able to deliver aid, battle this pandemic across the country and we want to be able to contain the situation." 

He further stated:

"This is not an event that just sprung out of nowhere. This is a pile-up of mismanagement, misgovernance, especially in south Yemen, which has been Houthi-less for four years now. Unfortunately, things have deteriorated humanitarian wise. The situation, in terms of basic services, is minimal [...] In the past few days, there has been a complete shutdown of electricity, water and sewage services."

Read more from Al Jazeera.