Aden- Al Qaeda militants evacuated on Tuesday both Zinjibar and Jaar, some of the largest settlements in the Abyan governorate located in Yemen, sources aware of the matter confirmed to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.
Militant terrorists left subsequent to an agreement reached by tribal leaders mediating between al Qaeda and national army forces allowing the army to take control of the two towns on Wednesday.
Sources confirm that members of the Abyan governorate Popular Resistance are currently deployed in Zinjibar and Jaar after al Qaeda’s withdrawal towards the Marjan valley in Abyan and the Azzan valley in the Shabwah governorate, two of the most strategic landscapes of the area.
They also add that national army and security units will protect all governmental and institutional facilities, which have been largely destroyed after the 2011 Abyan war.
Yemeni Minister of Transport, on Tuesday, discussed efforts spent on reopening Aden’s airport and port and finding new navigation routes.
The discussion also confirmed the significance of implementing a security plan which guarantees the safety of both, the airport and port. An agreement on uniting efforts between the ministry and the governorates’ administration, which raises the level of Aden’s prosperity, was also reached.
On the other hand, Brig. Salem Abdullah al Socotari Mayor of Socotra, a small archipelago of four islands in the Indian Ocean which are a part of Yemen, accompanied by other officials, paid a visit to the Socotra port to inspect ongoing freightage and discharge before high wind season, autumn, arrives again.
The Mayor, when meeting with port director Salem Amer and the labor force, confirmed that consolidating efforts for the current month, during which ships
make port, is a necessity. Schedules and programs for unloading shipments of sustenance, which is supposed to provide for the archipelago during next season, were arranged.
According to Saba governmental news agency, Mayor al Socotari pointed out that local authorities are monitoring sustenance discharge at the port, as a precautionary measure to prevent crises from happening in autumn.