Infighting between Saudi, UAE Militias Kills Senior Commander in Yemen

Infighting between Saudi, UAE Militias Kills Senior Commander in Yemen

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior Saudi-backed commander was killed last week in Yemen’s Abyan province during renewed infighting between Emirati-backed separatists and Saudi-backed militia loyal to former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

According to reports, the commander of the 153rd Brigade of the pro-Saudi forces was identified as Brigadier General Mohammad Salih Al-Aqili. He was considered to be among the most prominent military leaders fighting on behalf of Hadi.

Al-Aqili assumed command of the brigade in succession to his brother, Ahmed Salih Al-Aqili, who was killed by a landmine in Al-Bayda province in June 2018. A third brother, Abd Al-Hadi, was also killed while fighting in Yemen.

Prior to his death, Al-Aqili was transferred to the Abyan province, specifically to the Sheikh Salem Front, to confront the UAE-backed militias in clashes in the Shakra area, located on the eastern outskirts of provincial capital Zinjibar.

Citing an Abyan-based security source, Xinhua reported that the Emirati-sponsored forces fired a heat-seeking missile that killed the commander, along with six bodyguards.

Since last month, infighting has intensified between the Saudi-backed Islah militia and Emirati-supported militants across southern Yemen.

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