By Ali Oweida
SANAA (AA) - The Yemeni government on Thursday condemned United Arab Emirates' (UAE) airstrikes that left a number of government forces dead and injured in Aden and Abyan provinces.
"The [Yemeni] government condemns the UAE airstrikes on the government forces in the interim capital of Aden and Zanzibar [provincial capital of Abyan]," Mohammed al-Hadhrami, Yemen's deputy foreign minister, said.
He asserted that the attacks killed and injured a number of people from government forces without giving an exact number.
Emirati escalation comes a day after the Yemeni government forces retook control of Aden and Zanzibar from the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) forces.
Yemen has remained wracked by violence since 2014, when Shia Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including capital Sanaa.
The conflict escalated the following year when Saudi Arabia and its Sunni-Arab allies launched a massive air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi gains in Yemen and supporting the country’s pro-Saudi government.