ADEN, Yemen- Yemeni security forces, intensified security measures near several government institutions, in the southern port city of Aden, following calls from pro-secession southern leaders to stage a public uprising.

A source of the Presidential Guard troops, loyal to the government said, they have started deploying armoured vehicles, to secure the government buildings, the city's seaport and other institutions from any sabotage.

Other military units loyal to the government, upgraded their alert levels, to confront possible acts that may destabilise the situation in Aden, the source confirmed.

The deployment came, just a few hours after the statement released by the Southern Transitional Council (STC), which blamed the Saudi-backed government for rampant corruption and vowed to organise an uprising.

Meanwhile, military units loyal to the STC started preparations, to seize all government institutions in Aden and other neighbouring southern provinces.

The Saudi-backed Yemeni government warned of mass riots, after the STC's call for a public uprising, and urged citizens to protect the institutions in the southern provinces.

The southern port city of Aden, where Yemen's government is temporarily based, has been suffering from frequent power outages and lack of basic services, including water, leading to public rage against local authorities.


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