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Saudi military forces seen heading to Lahj governorate toward Al-Anad airbase

Saudi forces departed Saudi-led coalition headquarters in Aden Wednesday morning toward a prominent airbase in Lahj governorate to the north, local residents and security officials told Almasdar Online

Residents in Dar Saad district on the northern outskirts of Aden said the Saudi forces were seen heading toward Lahj. An official in the interior ministry in Aden said that the Saudi forces passed through the Rabat checkpoint, which links Lahj and Aden. 

The official said the forces are expected to move towards the Al-Anad military base, where U.S. special forces launched operations against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula for years. In January, a Houthi drone killed Yemen’s top military intelligence chief, Brig. Gen. Saleh Tammah, and six soldiers at a military parade at Al-Anad, which is Yemen’s largest airbase.

The Saudi convoy includes armored vehicles and military personnel, escorted by forces from the UAE-backed Security Belt forces loyal to the Southern Transitional Council (STC), which seized control of the interim capital Aden from government forces in August.

The Saudi forces arrived to Aden last month to oversee implementation of the Riyadh agreement, which negotiated a power sharing deal between the STC and internationally recognized government. The Saudi troops are also taking over posts left by UAE forces withdrawing from the area.


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