Yemen’s government vows to continue their fight against the Southern Transitional Council (STC) as both sides clash on the outskirts of Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan.
The clash led to the deaths of 2 government soldiers and 2 separatists; 13 government soldiers were also wounded, and 11 separatists were wounded. The conflict was sparked by the offensive military manoeuvre in the region by pro-government troops.
Al Jazeera notes that on 25 April, the STC declared self-rule in the port city of Aden and nearby areas.
Yemen’s Foreign Minister has urged the STC to implement a power-sharing agreement which is known as the Riyadh pact. This was brokered by Saudi Arabia in November to help resolve tensions in the region.
The STC leader, Aidarous al-Zubaidi, has urged southern forces to be prepared to “defend their national gains”.
The latest clashes follows calls from the UN Chief for a global ceasefire to stem the spread of the coronavirus. In Yemen, there are 58 confirmed cases of coronavirus, most are within the southern city of Aden.