SANAA, Yemen – Yemeni security officials in government-controlled Aden and tribal mediators say talks to persuade al-Qaida militants to give up their weapons or move out of the southern port city have failed.
Tribal and public figures accepted by both sides, who have been involved in mediation talks, tell The Associated Press the discussions began about three months ago, after government forces pushed Houthi Shiite rebels out of Aden.
Aden's governor, Gaafar Mohamed Saad, issued a ban Friday against carrying weapons in the streets. The decree, which goes into effect Saturday, stipulates security forces would immediately confiscate illegal weapons.
Officials in Aden say al-Qaida held large armed parades in Aden in the past two days.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they're not authorized to speak to journalists.