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Saudi fighter jets launch warnings with flares and flush flights to Yemeni separatists

August 17, 2019

ADEN, Aug 17 (Reuters / EP) –

Fighter planes of the Saudi-led coalition have fired several warning flares last night and made flush flights near the military bases controlled a week ago by the Suryemen separatists in Aden.

This operation has coincided with a new appeal by the Saudi coalition, an ally of the Yemeni Government, for the separatists to leave the military bases of Aden, the headquarters of the Yemeni authorities recognized by the international community that were expelled from the capital, Sanaa, for the Huthi insurgency at the beginning of the war.

The taking of military bases has complicated the efforts of the United Nations to put an end to the war in Yemen and has exposed tensions in the coalition formed four years ago to fight against the Huthis, who are backed by Iran.

Saudi state television said the separatist forces would withdraw shortly from the Ministry of Interior and refineries, without giving further details. The military camps remain under their control, and so they intend to continue.

“We will not retire, we will not move and the planes will not intimidate us,” said one of the separatist brigades in response to the operation.