Aden: Security Forces Announce «Purging» Crater from Militants


Mon, 04-10-2021 09:31 PM, Aden

Aden (South24) 

After violent clashes in Crater, Sirah district, on Saturday, the security committee in Aden governorate announced, on Sunday, full control of the city’s densely populated neighborhoods, while the leader of the “outlaw” armed groups, Imam Al-Silwi, is still at large.

The committee stated that the security forces "are still chasing Al-Silwi and his associates until they are arrested and brought to justice." It called on citizens to "cooperate and report" about their whereabouts.

The governor of Aden, Ahmed Lamlas, had directed the formation of a "committee" to inventory the damages of the Crater events, on a field visit, Sunday, to inspect the city, which witnessed 20 hours of clashes with various types of weapons, and houses and vehicles were damaged by indiscriminate mortar shells fired by the militants.

STC Leaders, under the directions of Aidrous Al-Zubaidi, also inspected a number of Crater neighborhoods, after the clashes ended.

STC leaders inspect the neighborhoods of Crater after the end of the clashes, October 3, 2021 (official)

In its regular meeting today, Monday, the STC Presidency of the Council controlling Aden and neighboring governorates warned against "covering up" Al-Silwi, calling on citizens to report "any information leading to his arrest and bringing to justice."

The Presidency confirmed that the "Crater events" were part of a "political scheme to obstruct the visit of the UN envoy to Aden."

Crater clashes left at least 7 people dead, according to security sources, three of whom were security personnel, while dozens of others, including civilians and a journalist, were wounded.