Clashes between UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) militias and Saudi-backed militias have intensified in Yemen's Shabwa and Abyan provinces.

Iran PressMiddle East: Clashes between UAE-backed militants and Saudi-backed militias in Yemen's Shabwa and Abyan provinces on Tuesday killed 35 members of the Transitional Council, including several senior leaders, and 15 members of the resigned Yemeni government.

The clashes came as Saudi sources said Monday that forces of the Transitional Council and Saudi-backed militias had agreed on a ceasefire arrangement in Yemen.

Clashes between Saudi-backed fugitive Yemeni President Abdurrahman Mansour Hadi and UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council militias are part of the growing conflict between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates over influence in Yemen.

The clashes began in Aden and surrounding areas in southern Yemen; hundreds of people were then wounded and killed in other areas as well as the island of Socotra.

Saudi Arabia has been waging a devastating war in Yemen since March 2015 to allegedly reinstate fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed more than 20,000 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children. Despite Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructure of Yemen.

Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis with more than 22 million people in urgent need of food and medical supplies, with the devastating war leading to a collapsed economy, lack of social services, ruined infrastructure, epidemics and disease. The imposed Saudi blockade on Yemen has smothered humanitarian deliveries of food and medicine to the import-dependent country.


Read More:

Yemeni Army carries out large-scale operation targeting Saudi depth

Yemeni Ansarullah warns Saudi Arabia

UAE seeks to disintegrate Yemen, create sedition in African countries, Turkey says