TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement described the recent developments in the southern city of Aden, including clashes between the UAE-backed separatists and Saudi-sponsored militants, as part of a plot to disintegrate the Arab country.

In comments on Wednesday, Mohamed al-Bukhaiti, a member of the political bureau of Ansarullah, said what is going on in the port city of Aden is a plot aimed at disintegrating Yemen and breaking up its territories.

Condemning a Saudi-led military campaign that has been bombing Yemen since 2015, Bukhaiti said the objectives behind such war are coming to light amid Aden developments.

His comments came after reports that Yemen’s self-proclaimed prime minister was preparing to flee to Saudi Arabia after the UAE-backed separatists seized the presidential palace in Aden, where they have been engaged in fierce clashes with rival Riyadh-sponsored militants.

AP has cited unnamed officials in Aden as saying that separatist militants with the so-called Southern Transitional Council fought all the way to the gates of the Palace of Maashiq in the district of Crater overnight on Monday.

The sources said that the prime minister of the former Yemeni government, Obaid Bin Daghar, would head to Saudi Arabia imminently.

The fresh outburst began on Sunday after the separatists managed to take control of a number of sites and military camps run by forces loyal to former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi following intense clashes.

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, over 36 people have been killed and nearly 200 others injured during the clashes on Sunday and Monday.

Reports on Monday said the council had sent huge reinforcements from Dhale and Shabwah Provinces, in southwestern and south-central Yemen, to Aden.

People of Yemen have been under massive attacks by the Saudi-led coalition for nearly three years. Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

Over 14,000 Yemenis, including thousands of women and children, have lost their lives in the deadly military campaign.