Fighting Continues Over Control Of Yemen’s Oil-Rich Shabwa Province

ADEN, Yemen, Aug 25 (NNN-SABA) – Intense fighting continued on Saturday, for the third consecutive day, between Yemen’s government forces and military units of Southern Transitional Council (STC), in the oil-rich southeastern province of Shabwa, a security official said.

The security source said that, “intense battles are still escalating, over the control of key government institutions and military bases in different locations, in Shabwa’s capital city of Attaq.”

He said that Yemen’s government forces seized a military base belonging to the STC forces, in the northeastern part of Attaq, after intense battles that began overnight.

According to the source, the government forces also seized a local department of the STC political leadership in the centre of Attaq.

Both the Yemeni warring sides dispatched heavy military reinforcements, to participate in the ongoing fighting.

Large convoys of armoured vehicles moved towards Shabwa from the military bases in the southern port city of Aden, where the STC is based.

Sources of the STC confirmed that, the STC leadership vowed to completely seize the oil-rich Shabwa, during the upcoming days.

The ongoing fighting in Shabwa comes, after the STC forces completely seized Aden and neighbouring Abyan province from the Saudi-backed Yemeni government.– NNN-SABA