Protesters angry with living conditions storm into presidential palace in Yemen’s Aden

Protesters stormed the presidential palace in Yemen’s southern city of Aden, the seat of the war-torn country’s internationally-recognised government.

Earlier on Tuesday, demonstrators broke into the Maashiq Presidential Palace amid public anger over the lack of services, poor living conditions and depreciation of the local currency.

Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed and members of the cabinet were evacuated to military building situated near the palace grounds, security officials said.

The palace, which the government had taken as its headquarters, is guarded by Saudi troops on the inside. But from the outside, it is guarded by the separatists backed by United Arab Emirates, which in theory is meant to be backing Saudi Arabia but in reality has been supporting the separatists that have been calling for a secession.

Meanwhile, a separate demonstration broke out in Yemen’s eastern city of Sayoun in Hadramout province, after dozens of people stormed a governmental complex in protest against dire living conditions and continuous increases in prices.

Forces affiliated with Yemen’s internationally-recognised government fired shots in the air to disperse the crowds while protesters burned car tyres in the streets nearby.

Yemen has been racked by violence and instability since 2014, when Houthi rebels captured much of the country, including the capital, Sanaa.

In the south, a new unity government was formed last year under a power-sharing deal brokered by Riyadh, in a bid to end the power struggle between the separatist and loyalists to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is backed by Saudi Arabia.

The goal was to unite both sides in the fight against the Houthis, who control the country’s northern areas.