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UAE-backed forces shoot to disperse protesters in Yemen 


On Sunday, Emirati-backed Yemeni forces fired massive fire to disperse the protesters due to the deterioration of public services, in Hadramawt governorate, east of the country. 

Eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency that “angry protesters cut off the main streets in the city of Mukalla, the governorate center, and set tire fires, in protest against the deterioration of services, foremost of which is electricity.”

The witnesses added that the protests coincided with the massive deployment of the Hadrami elite forces backed by the UAE, and they pointed to clashes that erupted between the two parties.

They explained that the Hadrami Elite Forces fired massively to disperse the protesters, some of whom used stones to throw stones at the UAE-backed forces.

And the Hadrami Elite Forces, military forces backed by the UAE that were formed in 2015, and have been trained in Arab coalition camps, and all of its members belong to the Hadramawt governorate.

It is not known if the clashes caused casualties between the two sides, but activists supporting the protests reported injuries among the protesters.

The city of Mukalla is witnessing long power cuts, in conjunction with high temperatures and humidity in the coastal city.

For his part, the Deputy Speaker of the Yemeni Parliament, Mohsen Basurrah, denounced the shooting of live bullets and the street blockage in the city.

And he considered in an appeal that Anadolu Agency saw, that “these actions will not solve the problem of deterioration of services, but rather will exacerbate it and disrupt everyone’s interests.”

UAE-backed forces shoot to disperse protesters in Yemen 

He stressed that “the problem of deteriorating services, the first of which is electricity, will not be solved except by mobilizing all the energies of society and putting pressure on the presidency of the government,” calling everyone to exercise restraint and rule of mind.

For the sixth year in a row, Yemen is witnessing a war between pro-government forces and Houthi militants accused of receiving Iranian support, and controlling provinces, including Sanaa, since September 2014.

Since March 2015, an Arab military coalition led by the Saudi neighbor has supported government forces in the face of the Houthis.

The bitter conflict led to the death of 112,000, including 12,000 civilians, according to United Nations estimates.

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