Operations persist to capture AAS
Ali Abdu, spokesman for the People’s Committees, said on Saturday, the group, backed by security forces, held a large campaign to pursue AAS militants—who are affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula—in Shoqra and the controlled Al-Kalasi Mountain. Moreover, They patrolled Moneeb Valley and sent the militants out.
He said the People’s Committees killed one militant and arrested three others. Meanwhile, a fighter of the People’s Committees was injured.
Abdu said AAS militants fled after the clashes, and the People’s Committees took control of two cars and several military vehicles.
Abdu said the situation is stable in other districts. The People’s Committees are establishing committees in each district to pursue militants and to prevent them from re-taking control.
Jamal Al-Aqel, Abyan’s governor, said security forces arrested 28 militants Saturday, including AAS leaders.
He said several AAS affiliates hiding in rural areas are currently being tracked.
On the humanitarian side, technical teams continue working to remove landmines from Abyan.
Al-Aqel said teams have removed 12,500 landmines, bombs and explosive devices the militants laid in Zinjibar and Jaar.
Abdulhakeem Al-Wadher, vice of the operations’ director in Abyan, said most of Zinjibar and Al-Kawd have been cleared of landmines, and they are safe to live in.
The problem now is providing basic services for residents. Residents are complaining about a lack of water and electricity.
Jamal Hussein, a media activist in the governorate, said telectricity services reached some parts of Zinjibar while the other cities such as Al-Kawd and Jaar remain in mass darkness.
“Residents are still complaining about the lack of water, health services and medicine to treat the residents in the governorate,” he said.