Separatists in southern Yemen have declared self-rule, breaking a peace deal signed in November with the internationally recognised authorities.
The Aden-centered Southern Transitional Council (STC) declared a point out of unexpected emergency, indicating it would govern the port city and other southern provinces.
The STC is supported by the United Arab Emirates.
The Saudi-backed Yemeni federal government warned of “harmful and catastrophic consequences”.
“The announcement by the so-known as transitional council of its intention to establish a southern administration is a resumption of its armed insurgency… and an announcement of its rejection and total withdrawal from the Riyadh agreement,” Overseas Minister Mohammed Al-Hadhrami explained in a statement.
The two sides signed a electricity-sharing deal that was explained by the UN as an important step towards ending Yemen’s civil war.
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A Saudi-led coalition launched a armed forces intervention in aid of the Yemeni governing administration in 2015, following Houthi rebels seized the capital Sanaa. The UAE is a member of the coalition but supports the southern separatists.
In August final year, the STC took around the government’s temporary capital, Aden, after accusing the administration of mismanagement.
The war in Yemen has been described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, with more than 100,000 people today documented to have died.