On Tuesday, June 23, government and Southern Transitional Council (STC) separatist forces reportedly clashed in the Al Taryia region of Abyan province. An STC spokesman stated that government forces launched an offensive from Shouqra, hours after a truce was agreed by both sides. A government source confirmed the assault, adding that STC forces in Sheikh Salem and Al Taryia had been targeted. Heavy casualties were reported for both sides. Following the clash, the Arab coalition deployed monitors on Wednesday, June 24, in order to oversee the truce in Abyan province and on Socotra island.
Yemen is engaged in a complex conflict, ongoing since Houthi rebels entered into a civil war with the Yemeni government, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, in 2015. Nominally allies against the Houthi, since August 2019 the STC has frequently clashed with government forces over the rule of southern Yemen. Although there have been attempts to broker agreement between the two, tensions have increased since the STC declared self-rule on Aden and other key southern provinces in April 2020.
Due to poor security conditions, many Western governments strongly 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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