Residents saw STC forces transporting weapons, as well as new checkpoints in central Zinjibar and along the borders between its neighborhoods
STC forces secure Zinjibar despite Abyan’s rejection of self-administration announcement
Forces of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) set up new checkpoints and deployed heavily at the entrances and exits of Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan governorate, less than 48 hours after the STC announced their self-administration of southern governorates.
Residents told Almasdar Online that the Security Belt Forces and units of the UAE-backed Sa'eqa (Thunder) Brigade sent reinforcements to all entrances to Zinjibar, as well as the main roads inside the town.
At the entrances to the town, residents said they saw STC forces transporting weapons, and noticed new checkpoints in central Zinjibar and along the borders between its neighborhoods. The move by the STC to secure Abyan’s capital comes less than two days after the council’s declaration of self-administration. Government authorities in every governorate except Al-Dhale have rejected the STC’s declaration.
Edited by Ahlam Mohsen and Casey Coombs