The protesters, many of whom were government employees, were protesting the delay in the payment of their salaries and the deteriorating economic conditions
The development is a serious blow to the Saudi hopes of uniting the Hadi government and the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) in order to strengthen the fight against the rebel Shia Houthis in Yemen
The separatist Southern Transitional Council accused the western-backed Hadi government of neglecting the southern region and imposing collective punishments on its population
The Saudis took over the city of Aden after its ally, the government of Abd-Raboo Mansour Hadi, and the UAE-backed separatist Southern Transitional Council reached an agreement
Amidst speculation of its rift with the Saudis, the United Arab Emirates begins rapprochement with Iran.
The Southern Transitional Council, which is reportedly supported by the UAE, is feuding with the western-backed government of Abdu Rabbu Masour Hadi, and has taken over the city of Aden