Dozens of demonstrators stormed this Tuesday at the headquarters of the presidential palace in the Yemeni city of Aden (south), the seat of the internationally recognized government, to protest the economic crisis and the devaluation of the national currency.
Local sources, quoted by Qatari TV broadcaster Al Jazeera, said the protesters, including security guards who have not received salaries in months, have not faced opposition from the armed forces of the National Transitional Council (CNT).
According to this information, the protesters’ entry into the facilities has not yet led to any violent incidents and mediation efforts are being made. It is currently unknown whether Prime Minister Main Abdulmalik and the rest of his government are in the palace.
Al Jazeera has stressed that security inside the palace is in the hands of the Saudi Armed Forces, although the exterior and the surrounding area depend on the CNT, which brings South Yemeni separatists together and is backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Riyadh and Abu Dhabi are part of the international coalition against the Houthis.
The Yemeni government, formed in December following an agreement between the authorities and the NTC, came to Aden from Saudi Arabia in late December. Minutes after the plane landed, a bomb exploded at the airport, killing at least 25 people. This was blamed on the Houthis, who distanced themselves from what had happened.
The internationally recognized executive has had its headquarters in Aden since the Houthi rebels conquered the capital Sanaa in late 2014. However, the President Abdo Rabbu Mansur Hadi conducts his business between Aden and Riyadh, while Saudi Arabia leads an international coalition to defeat the insurgents.
Despite international mediation efforts, the conflict has experienced an upsurge on several fronts in recent months. In a war he caused the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world. Currently, almost 80 percent of the population, around 24 million people, need support in the country where more than 20 million people are food insecure.