Yemen’s government ‘prepares to flee’ as UAE-backed separatists seize control in Aden

Yemen’s government is reportedly preparing to flee the country after fighters from a separatist group backed by the UAE seized control in the city of Aden and surrounded the presidential palace.

The internationally recognised government of Yemen has been fighting for nearly three years to regain control of the country after losing the capital Sanaa and much of the north to the Houthi rebels.

But tensions have been growing in recent months between the government, supported by Saudi Arabia, and a southern faction backed by the UAE, who want to form their own country in the south.