ADEN -After the joint statement issued by Saudi Arabia and the UAE on Sunday regarding the fate of the occupied southern provinces and the factions of the Islah party and Southern Transitional Council, the Islah party (the Yemeni branch of the Muslim Brotherhood) has called on all their factions to mobilise.
The Islah has reportedly sent dozens of vehicles and military forces in Ma’rib b and Shabwah towards the Shaqra area in Abyan province, in preparation for an upcoming offensive towards Aden.
Political observers believe that the refusal of the Islah factions that control the Hadi government to abide by the statements of the Saudi-led coalition is a sign of their readiness to fight an upcoming battle in the south of Yemen.
This has reportedly led them to mobilise all their combat capabilities in Abyan, and even to use the al-Qaeda groups that have been deployed in the al-Wadhe’a district of Abyan province in order to to carry out a preemptive strike on UAE-backed militias.
Observers predict that Saudi Arabia’s silence on the mobilisation of the Islah Party is a hidden encouragement, in the hope to retake Aden and the rest of the provinces that have been taken over by the STC militias.
Al-Islah factions have targeted an Emirati vehicle in Shabwah carrying Emirati recruits, calling it a “fight against Emirati terrorism”.
On Monday, tanks and trucks were seen passing through Ma’rib towards Ataq city, while military forces, vehicles and military pickups were being pushed to Shaqra in order to prepare for a war in Abyan.