World Bulletin/News Desk
A Yemeni southern secessionist leader who was arrested upon arrival in Aden from Britain on Wednesday said on Saturday he had been released by the security forces.
Ahmed Abdullah al-Hassani had been living abroad but Yemeni media reported last week that he was planning to return to meet other leaders of the southern secessionist movement in Aden, the capital of the former state of South Yemen.
He was then seized by a group of armed men who boarded the plane to arrest him, other separatist politicians said.
He told Reuters he had been released late on Saturday evening.
"The arrest did not affect our determination to struggle for the freedom and independence of the south," Hassani told Reuters after his release.
"We will meet with southern leaders to discuss prospects for the next stage with the aim of moving forward with the objective of restoring the southern state," he added.
North and south Yemen unified in 1990 when the collapse of the Soviet Union undermined the commmunist south's economy, but political harmony was short lived and an attempted southern secession in 1994 prompted a brief civil war, won by the north.
Southern Yemenis have since complained of discrimination and an unequal division of national resources, and secessionist sentiment, aiming to build a socialist state, was spurred by the mood of popular protest that swept the Arab world last spring.
Former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who had ruled in north Yemen since 1978, was forced from power early this year after a year-long popular uprising that caused splits in the military and divided the country's powerful tribes.
The two states appointed ambassadors in September for the first time since 2011.
The alliance had also grown in size, she said, with more than 1,500 local fighters joining forces with the SDF after being "trained and equipped by the international coalition."
Nearly 800 anti-regime opponents have been diagnosed with cancer in Egyptian prisons
Crossing will be opened on both sides to allow students and patients to cross through
Iraqi forces are battling militants deep inside Mosul, edging closer to the River Tigris that divides the city and looking for a breakthrough in the seven-week-old offensive.
The delivery of the first two of 50 F-35s to be purchased by Israel comes as the years-long development of the most expensive plane in history reaches a critical stage.
Calls from Western leaders to stop the fighting and diplomacy at the UN have so far amounted to nothing with Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin seemingly intent on pushing their advantage.
Military estimates strike resulted in more than $2M in lost revenue
Ayad Allawi calls for ‘transitional body’ to administrate city following its recapture from isil
Since Hassan Rouhani assumed presidency, Iranian defense spending has risen by whopping 80 percent
No group has yet claimed responsibility for blast, which left six police dead and another three injured
The PYD forced us from our lands, say Syrians sheltering in Sanliurfa, Turkey, blaming the US for PYD provocation
Border guard killed in kingdom’s southwest when vehicle strikes roadside bomb near Yemen border
Fears growing for fate of men who crossed into regime-held areas of war-torn city
ISIL targets hit in airstrikes as part of Operation Euphrates Shield