The detention and subsequent release of Taiz axis commander Al-Majidi highlights unresolved tensions between the government and STC
STC forces detain Taiz axis officials at Adeni checkpoint
Security belt forces of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) detained the chief of staff of the Taiz axis on Monday on the outskirts of Aden. A military source told Al-Masdar Online that security belt forces detained Brig. Gen. Abdulaziz Al-Majidi, chief of staff of the Taiz axis and commander of the 170th Air Defense Brigade, as well as other officers at the Al-Hadeed checkpoint, the northern entrance to Aden. Al-Majidi was released roughly 15 hours later without harm or collateral damage.
A statement issued by the 170th Air Defense Brigade said their commander, Brig. Gen. Abdulaziz Al-Majidi, was heading to Aden on an official mission with the government and Saudi-led coalition officials.
The statement reminded the STC, the president's office, and the government and coalition leaders that the safety of Brigadier Majidi and other detained officers is in their hands.
Al-Majidi and his entourage were stopped at the Al-Hadeed checkpoint on the order of the commander of the "giants” (STC) forces, Brig. Gen. Hamdi Shukri al-Subaihi.
A military source confirmed to Almasdar Online that Al-Majidi was released on Tuesday morning, along with the rest of his entourage and accompanying officials after receiving calls from the president's office and Saudi-led coalition officials.
The source pointed out that the detention of Brigadier Al-Majidi comes with the aim of pressuring the leaders of the Axis of Taiz to implement an agreement ahead of schedule. This agreement was sponsored by Al-Subaihi about three months ago with the aim of ending tensions in the city of Al-Turbah. The agreement is also intended to put pressure on the Yemeni military to withdraw from Al-Hujaryah to allow for STC forces to begin occupying it.
In lieu of this agreements fruition, according to the source, All-Subaihi threatened to detain any Yemeni military commanders coming from Taiz to Aden, holding the Yemeni military responsible for renewed clashes in Al-Hujaryah.