Clashes broke out between troops belonging to the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) and Yemeni government forces on Tuesday in a desert situated in the Abyan Governorate, close to Zinjibar.
Footage shows a group of STC fighters firing heavy weapons and displaying their arsenal of machine guns and rocket launchers.
«Abyan will not surrender, Abyan is southern and it will remain... Еще southern and they will be defeated and let down,» stated STC officer Abdullah Al-Houthi.
On Monday, the two sides engaged in clashes in a bid to win control over Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan province.
On April 25, the STC declared self-rule in southern Yemen. The Saudi-led coalition rejected the 'self-administration rule' and demanded a return to the peace deal signed in November last year.