SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Pro-government forces in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden were detaining and evicting hundreds of civilians to the north, Yemeni officials said Sunday.
The officials said armed groups have been raiding shops, restaurants and homes, arresting more than 2,000 northerners they say pose a threat to "security."
The officials said they suspect the evictions are the work of secessionists who want southern Yemen to break away from the north, with which it was united in 1990.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Aden was among the first cities where forces of the internationally recognized government drove out Shiite rebels known as Houthis as part of Yemen's war pitting government forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, against the rebels and their allies.
Also Sunday, the United Arab Emirates said its forces delivered 20 tons of medical aid to civilians in the southern coastal city of Mukalla. The statement carried on the UAE's official WAM news agency said it marks the first airplane carrying aid to reach Mukalla after al-Qaida militants were run out of the city late last month, a year after they had captured it.
The U.S. military is helping Yemeni, Emirati and other Arab coalition forces that are battling al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, as the group's affiliate in Yemen is known.