ADEN, Yemen 

Forces of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) on Friday captured the building of the security directorate of Yemen’s Socotra island, a Yemeni official said.

The anonymous official told Anadolu Agency that the STC forces took control of the security administration building of Socotra, located in the western region of Hadiboh.

The official stressed that clashes between the government forces and the STC forces are still going on.

Meanwhile, a Yemeni minister called on Saudi Arabia to stop “this mess,” referring to the conflict between the STC and the government forces in Hadiboh.

Yemen’s southern provinces have witnessed repeated clashes between government forces and STC fighters since the latter declared self-rule in Aden late April.

Yemen has been devastated by a conflict that escalated in March 2015 after Iran-backed Houthi rebels seized the capital, Sanaa, and forced President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee the country.

*Bassel Ibrahim contributed to this report from Ankara.

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