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Saudi boosts troop levels in southern Yemen

Saudi boosts troop levels in southern Yemen
Southern Yemeni separatist men guard a checkpoint in Aden, Yemen.- Reuters

Aden - Saudi Arabia has reinforced its positions in Shabwa and Aden as Riyadh called for talks to resolve the crisis.



By Reuters

Published: Tue 3 Sep 2019, 10:00 PM

Last updated: Wed 4 Sep 2019, 12:52 AM

Saudi Arabia has deployed more troops in southern Yemen to try to contain clashes between certain groups fighting the Houthis.
Saudi soldiers and armed vehicles arrived over the weekend in the capital of the oil-producing Shabwa province where the separatists have been battling forces of Yemen's government, two local officials said.
Saudi Arabia has reinforced its positions in Shabwa and Aden as Riyadh called for talks to resolve the crisis and refocus the Western-backed coalition on battling the Houthis, who have stepped up missile and drone attacks on Saudi cities. Saudi has also called for a summit in Jeddah to defuse the standoff. The leader of the Southern Transitional Council (STC), Aidarous Al Zubaidi, arrived in the Saudi Red Sea city on Tuesday to meet Yemeni and Saudi officials, a spokesman of the movement said.
The STC forces also brought reinforcements into Aden, witnesses said on Tuesday, calling back fighters who had been deployed on the outskirts of Hodeida, held by the Houthis, in the west.


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