Clashes between southern separatists and forces loyal to the Yemeni president continued in the city of Aden on Monday, with both sides now using tanks and heavy artillery, killing at least 21 people.
The recent clashes erupted on Sunday after the expiry of a deadline set by the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) for a cabinet reshuffle, including the removal of Prime Minister Ahmed bin Daghar.
Separatists control the transitional capital of Aden, which led to more chaos in war-torn Yemen and warnings from the interim government of a coup.
This has further complicated the conflict in Yemen, where the Saudi-backed government is battling Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, which control the capital Sana’a and large parts of the north.
On Monday, separatists, who have long demanded independence for southern Yemen, sent additional troops from the central province of Marib and the southern province of Abyan, security forces said.
The conflict in Yemen and blockade by the Saudi-led coalition has endangered the lives of 22.2 million people in need of humanitarian aid. War-torn Yemen is witnessing the world’s largest food and security crisis, as well as a vast cholera outbreak that is thought to have killed 2,244 people since April.