Yemen: Southern Transitional Council forces storm Saba News Agency building in Aden

06.06.21

On 02 June 2021, forces affiliated with the Southern Transitional Council stormed the building of the Yemen News Agency (Saba) in the city of Aden, and expelled the civilian guards and employees who were present in the building at the time.

The Southern Transitional Council is a political council that operates only in southern Yemen. On 11 May 2017, Aidarous Al-Zubaidi announced the establishment of its presidential body, which he leads. This Council is supported by the United Arab Emirates.

The Yemen News Agency (Saba) issued a statement on the same day denouncing the storming of its building, saying, "We hold the Southern Transitional Council responsible for attacking a government building in a barbaric manner and seizing it without any right or legal capacity, and we hold them fully responsible for the lives and safety of our fellow journalists, guards and all of the agency’s employees.”

Saba follows the government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is still in Saudi Arabia. Another section of the Yemen News Agency (Saba), which is based in Sana'a, is affiliated with the de facto government, the Houthi group.

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) denounces the storming of the building of the Yemen News Agency (Saba) in Aden and considers it an illegal act and a threat to journalistic work and the lives of journalists working for this agency. The local government in Aden should work to prevent such encroachments on public property and ensure that it does not happen again in the future.