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US, UK military trainers arrive at southeast Yemen port with arms cache: Report

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This file picture shows Saudi military personnel at the gate of the Saudi-led coalition’s base in Aden, Yemen. (Photo by Reuters)

A top-ranking Yemeni official says US and British military trainers have arrived at a port in the country’s southeastern province of al-Mahrah bordering Saudi Arabia and Oman on vessels loaded with munitions as well as military and logistical equipment.

The provincial governor, al-Qatabi Ali Hussein al-Faraj, told Yemen’s official Saba news agency on Wednesday that large arms shipments aboard military vessels disembarked at the port of Nishtun, and that British and American military trainers are stationed at al-Ghaydah International Airport.

“The Saudi-led coalition of aggression is involved in the smuggling and trade of narcotics in the area in order to perpetuate insecurity, advance its fiendish plots and deter the local population from confronting the invaders,” Faraj said.

The senior Yemeni official noted that occupiers and their allied Takfiri militants are trying to plunge Mahrah province into utter chaos and confusion as locals are fiercely opposed to the presence of foreign forces.

Faraj stressed that the boiling public rage over the deployment of foreign troops to Mahrah indicates that the battle to liberate the province from the clutches of invaders and their mercenaries is reaching its final stages.

Last month, the leader of Yemen’s popular Ansarullah resistance movement said the United States, with the help of its allied Takfiri militant groups, was building several military bases in the country’s eastern provinces of Hadhramaut and al-Mahrah as well as on the Red Sea coast.

Addressing a delegation of tribal leaders from the western Yemeni province of Ibb on May 19, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said Washington was setting up military installations in eastern Yemen and the country's southern coastal city of Aden.

He asserted that the Yemeni nation cannot accept Washington’s diktats, warning that the enemies are hell-bent on sowing the seeds of discord and division among people by hook or by crook.

“We must work for security and social stability in Ibb province through compromise and cooperation among local authorities,” the top Yemeni resistance leader told the delegation.

He said the “enemies” have begun to mobilize military reinforcements by taking advantage of the UN-brokered ceasefire, which clearly shows their orientation towards the next stage of the war, and bears testimony to their failure in the previous phase. 

Car bomb attack hits motorcade of high-ranking official in Yemen's Aden

In a separate development, at least five guards and two pedestrians were killed when a car bomb targeted a motorcade of a high-ranking security official in Yemen's southern port city of Aden on Wednesday afternoon.

A local source was quoted as saying in media that the blast struck the convoy of General Saleh Al-Sayd, commander of security forces in the neighboring southern province of Lahj, when his motorcade was passing through a main street near Aden airport.

The source said that the explosion destroyed an armored vehicle of the official's convoy.

The security commander, who was apparently the main target, escaped the attack as he was sitting in another armored vehicle, according to the source.

Following the attack, local security forces were heavily deployed across Khormakser residential neighborhood where the blast occurred and blocked roads.

No group has has claimed responsibility for the blast so far. 

Saudi Arabia launched the devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with its Arab allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and other Western states.

The objective was to reinstall the Riyadh-friendly regime of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and crush the Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of a functional government in Yemen.

While the Saudi-led coalition has failed to meet any of its objectives, the war has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and spawned the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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