On Friday, July 10, government forces and a unit of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) -affiliated Giants Brigade clashed near Al Anad airbase in Lahij governorate. The clashes reportedly left dead and wounded on both sides, although the number of casualties is currently unclear. Reports from the area suggest that the groups have since disengaged; however, both forces remain stationed near Al Anad, raising fears of renewed clashes.
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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