Presidential Protection Forces and forces aligned with the Southern Transitional Council (STC) clashed in Aden on Wednesday, August 7, after a funeral procession for a high-ranking military official. Several casualties were reported on Wednesday as hundreds descended on the presidential palace and central bank; at least three people were killed and six others wounded. Following the violence, Hani Ali Brik, vice-president of the separatist STC, called on supporters to storm the palace and overthrow the government; however, there was no immediate indication that supporters had attempted to do so.
Similar clashes are possible in Aden over the coming hours and days.
Yemen is engaged in a complex and deadly conflict, ongoing since Houthi rebels entered into a civil war with the Yemeni government, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, in 2015. The Saudi-led coalition has carried out thousands of airstrikes in Yemen since its intervention began. Hundreds of Yemeni civilians have been killed in the strikes, which have hit schools, hospitals, and markets, in addition to Houthi militant positions and personnel. In total, more than 10,000 Yemenis have died in the fighting and some 3 million have been displaced.
Due to poor security conditions, many Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to Yemen. Travel to the country should only be considered with proper security protocols in place. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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