German Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Adebahr said that Berlin «is very concerned about the violent altercations in Aden,» while speaking at a regular government press conference in the German capital on Monday.
Adebahr added that Berlin is «especially worried about the reports, which started coming in over the weekend, about the expulsion of Northern Yemenis from the South.''
«These... Еще incidents in Aden show us, how fragile the political process in Yemen is and that we still support the UN envoy, that everything has to be done to stop this spiral of violence and to achieve a political solution,'' said Adebahr.
She added that Aden is «one of the most important import harbours» where the World Food Program brings in the majority of its imports and expressed concern that further violence could lead to import problems and shortages.
As many as 40 people have reportedly been killed and 260 injured in the clashes since fighting broke out in Aden on August 8 according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Southern separatist forces loyal to the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council proclaimed the takeover of Aden, the Saudi-backed government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi's temporary capital, on Saturday.
The two sides are understood to have different visions for Yemen's future. The UAE support southern Yemeni groups campaigning for secession, while Hadi, whose main backer is Saudi Arabia, opposes such a move.