Southern rebels disrupt female protests in Aden

Southern rebels disrupt female protests in Aden

Alsahwa Net- The southern separatists known as the Southern Transitional Council (STC) blocked on Tuesday morning a group of the detainees’ female relatives from organizing a sit-in before the Presidential Palace in Crater district of Aden city, south Yemen.

Correspondent of the Alsahwa Net said that female relatives of the illegal detainees and abductees came to the presidential palace for a sit-in to demand release of their loved ones who have been in arbitrary secret confinement for nearly four years. 

He added that the Security Belt [a local militia that operate outside the government’s control] brought military vehicles and blocked the female protesters from implementing the sit-in.

The Yemeni prime minister and some of his cabinet members returned to the city on Monday 18 November as part of the Al-Riyadh agreement that states end of the southern rebellion and local militias be reorganized under the government’s command.

However, the government has not been able to exercise its authority because the local militants have been in full control of the city since early last August.

The Abductees’ Mothers Association, a local human rights organization that advocates for the release of the illegal detainees and forcibly disappeared people, has been organizing several sit-ins in Aden with no response yet.

The local militants have also rejected the government public prosecution’s orders to free the detainees.

The association said two weeks ago that the Al-Riyadh agreement disappointed relatives of the illegal detainees for not including their release.

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