Yemen govt rules out talks until separatists withdraw from Aden Aug 15, 2019 0 350 12345 AFPDubaiYemen’s government on Wednesday ruled out talks with southern separatists until they withdraw from positions they seized last week in second city Aden.The fighting saw forces that back the Southern Transitional Council (STC) take five barracks, the presidential palace and the prime minister’s office.The fighting sparked tensions within a Saudi-led coalition that backs the government against northern-based Houthi rebels.A key member of the coalition, the United Arab Emirates, trained the force that led the Aden offensive.Saudi Arabia has proposed peace talks in Riyadh, a call supported by the UAE.Yemen’s Washington embassy, quoting the foreign ministry, on Wednesday welcomed the Saudi initiative to address the “coup” in Aden.But, it said in a tweet, separatists “must first commit to total withdrawal from areas forcibly seized by STC in past few days before start of any talks.” The STC has voiced willingness to take part in the talks, but has not given any sign that it is ready to withdraw, say security sources close to the movement.South Yemen was an independent country until it merged with the north in 1990.An armed secession bid four years later ended with its occupation by northern forces, provoking resentments that still persist.The deadly fighting in Aden has further complicated Yemen’s devastating conflict, which has killed tens of thousands of people and contributed what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.The Saudi-led coalition intervened in 2015 to prop up the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi after the Huthis ousted it from the capital Sanaa. But last week’s clashes saw the UAE-trained Security Belt Force seize Aden -- the government’s interim capital -- potentially further destabilising the country’s south.The fighting left 40 dead and 260 wounded, according to the UN.Hadi himself has long been absent from Yemen, having fled to Riyadh as the Huthis advanced on Sanaa.The Iran-backed rebels continue to control vast swathes of the country including the capital and areas close to the Saudi border. Analysts say the tensions may weaken the coalition’s military campaign against the Houthis. RELATED ARTICLES Female suicide bomber kills six in Chad Aug 15, 2019 0 907 Somalia’s al Shabaab hits govt military base, deaths on both sides Aug 15, 2019 0 456 Leave our graffiti on the walls, say Sudan protesters Aug 15, 2019 0 923 Burundi starts vaccinating health workers against Ebola, says WHO Nairobi: The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that Burundi had begun vaccinating frontline workers against Ebola at its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, where an outbreak of the virus has .. Tunisia approves 26 candidates to run for president in Sept vote Tunis: Twenty-six candidates, including two women, have been approved to run in Tunisia’s early presidential elections slated for September 15, the country’s electoral commission announced on Wednesday. The 26 were .. Germany charges three Iraqis for planning Islamist attack Karlsruhe: Three Iraqis are to be charged with preparing an Islamist terrorist attack, German federal prosecutors announced on Wednesday. The three, all men, are to stand trial in Hamburg. They were detained in .. Iran’s Khamenei meets Yemen rebels after blow for Saudi coalition Tehran: Iran’s supreme leader has held talks with a senior Yemeni rebel official just days after the long-running intervention against the rebels by its regional foes Saudi Arabia and the UAE suffered a major setback. .. Syrian rebels shoot down govt warplane in northwest REUTERS BEIRUT Rebels shot down a Syrian warplane in the opposition stronghold of Idlib province on Wednesday as Russian-backed government forces closed in on a strategically important town, rebel sources and a war .. US urges release of reporter Tice, missing since 2012 in Syria Washington: The United States called on Wednesday for journalist Austin Tice, who disappeared in Syria in 2012, to be freed, reiterating the belief that he remains alive and is being held against his will. Seven years to ..