ABYAN-Al-Qaeda terrorist groups have taken control of a Security Belt camp in the southern Yemeni city of Mahafed, local sources reported on Friday.
According to the sources, violent clashes broke out on Friday evening between al-Qaeda elements and Security Belt forces in Wadi al-Khaylawa center in Al-Mahafed district, ending with a total victory for the al-Qaeda terrorists.
At least 19 recruits from the militias of the Security Belt were killed and seven others were wounded on Friday during clashes in Abyan province, sources told Yemen Press Agency.
The sources said that elements of al-Qaeda launched an attack on positions and points belonging to the militia of the security belt supported by the UAE in Mahfad district, and managed to overthrow their headquarters in the district.
The sources added that the control of al-Qaeda elements on the camp of security belt lasted about two hours, where they looted ammunition and equipment, and then they blew up the camp.
The sources noted that military reinforcements from the Shabwan elite arrived at Mahfad district to control it after the withdrawal of al-Qaeda elements.
Earlier this morning, southern activists said that the UAE had handed over the Security Belt camp in Mahfad to al-Qaeda forces and helped them blow up the Brega police station in Aden, in a new step to get rid of the Southern Transitional Council forces that up until recently have been supported by the UAE invaders.
Sources said the fall of this entire camp, which was armed with military pickups and various weapons, was part of a handover deal between the UAE and al-Qaeda. If true, this could mark a massive change in the situation of southern Yemen, because the Emirati occupation forces has until recently always supported and armed the Security Belt separatist forces in the south of Yemen
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