Protesters storm presidential palace in Yemen’s Aden
Demonstrators were removed shortly after they broke into the Maasheeq Presidential Palace in Aden – seat of the internationally recognised gov’t – amid public anger over the dire economic situation.
Angry Yemeni protesters have been peacefully pushed back after they stormed the presidential palace in the southern city of Aden – seat of the internationally recognised government – a government source said.
Demonstrators broke into the Maashiq Presidential Palace earlier on Tuesday amid public anger over the lack of services, poor living conditions and depreciation of the local currency.
The government official told media that Yemeni and Saudi forces ushered to safety members of the cabinet, including Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed, to the military building situated underneath the palace grounds.
Aden residents claim the new government has not done anything to remedy price inflation or repeated power cuts.
Earlier on Tuesday, local sources told media the protesters found no resistance from forces loyal to the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC).
Some carried flags of the STC separatist movement.
The protesters are members of the national security forces who have not been paid for nine months.
“We understand the protests have been peaceful … and that some sort of mediation is taking place,” Elshayyal said, speaking from Doha.