Security and military sources said on Saturday that southern separatists had gained ground throughout the second city of Yemen, Aden and have surrounded the palace of the President as they were fighting fierce battles against the loyalist forces. Deadly fighting has been raging in Aden since Wednesday and has been pitting the unionist forces that are loyal to the internationally recognized government against the force which does support it, however, is dominated by fighters that are seeking a renewed independence for the south. Sources that are closed to it said that the force which is called the Security Belt has overrun three military barracks that belonged to unionist forces and had been surrounding the presidential palace. A lot of fierce clashes were also happening in many other parts of the city. A correspondent of the AFP reported that he saw separatist fighters gathered around a tank that they claimed to have seized from one of the military positions. Until the year 1990, Southern Yemen was an independent state and the north was widely believed to have forced unification by power. The Security Belt is a force that has been trained by the UAE, who is a key partner in a military coalition that is led by Saudi Arabia that intervened in Yemen over four years ago for propping up the government of Hadi because of an uprising by the Shiite Huthi rebels that were aligned with Iran. The Huthis have a control of large parts of the northern as well as western Yemen, including their capital Sanaa. On Thursday, the government of Hadi requested Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for putting pressure on the Security Belt for avoiding a military escalation in Aden.
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