Mass Withdrawal of “Al-Amaliqa” from Ataq Conflicts

Dozens of members of “Al-Amaliqa Brigades” funded by the UAE, withdrew from the city of Ataq, the capital of Shabwa province, eastern Yemen, following violent confrontations between the “special forces” led by Abd Rabbo La’kab and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) forces.

According to informed local sources, the hardline Salafi elements belonging to the “Al-Amaliqa”, withdrew from the confrontations against the “Security Special Forces” and the “21st Brigade” in Ataq, considering them “sedition”.

The confrontations have causing heavy losses in the ranks of the so-called “Shabwa Defense, the sources said.

The commander of the “Al-Amaliqa Brigades”, a member of the Riyadh Presidential Council, Abu Zara al-Muharrami, instructed his members to resolve the confrontations, promising all those who withdrew from Ataq will be dismissed and expelled from the camps, one of the sources said.

The sources indicated that the “Shabwa Defense” militia arrested a number of the withdrawn elements and took them to an unknown destination, while the sources did not elaborate where the others had gone.

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