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Security Crackdown to Impose Law, Order in Aden | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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A view of the international airport of Yemen’s southern port city of Aden after Southern Resistance fighters took it from Houthi fighters, July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Aden- Local authorities in Aden launched on Tuesday a wide-scale security operation to curb the illegal takeovers of the temporary capital’s directorates.

The security campaign stands to be of great importance to deter arbitrary acquisition of public assets, Haitham Al-Ghareeb, a representative for the directorates affairs, told reporters during a press conference. More so, the campaign comes at a request from Brig. Aidroos Zubaidi who has demanded that all sacrifices be made to restore civil life to the city and protect public order and properties.

Brig. Zubaidi also underscored the efforts of the Popular Resistance forces on protecting government institutes during difficult times.

Some have attempted to compromise Aden’s security launching inner-coups such as the Southern Movement announcing that the movement’s two existing councils have been merged into one, allegedly representing all southerners.

The new council is called “The Supreme Council of the Revolutionary and Peaceful Southern Movement.”

The government’s Security Committee in Aden city in turn warned the protesters to end their ongoing sit-ins and threatened to storm the movement’s encampment and disperse the protesters, given the threat they pose to stability.

Mohammed Saleh, who works at the Security Committee, said the protesters have blocked streets, causing traffic jams and inconvenience to people in Aden. “We are kind to them but that does not mean that we allow the chaos to continue. We are waiting for orders to remove the encampment,” he added.

After the press conference, directorate representatives gave details on the security measures that will be taking place, saying that the security crackdown would last the whole of November.

Local authorities had formerly voiced loud and clear warnings on protesters’ transgressions against public and private properties. Demonstrators were warned against any act of vandalism staged against public property.

Most protestors are former president Ali Abdullah Saleh loyalists who aided in the armed civil war which has been tearing up Yemen since early 2015.