Houthis pushed away from outskirts of Aden

Saudi-led coalition aids Yemeni fighters in capturing positions on Aden’s outskirts from Houthi militia

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Yemeni fighters loyal to exiled government, backed by Saudi-led coalition air strikes, retrieved positions from Iranian-backed Houthi militias on the outskirts of Aden where the insurgency used to fire rockets into the southern port city, local officials said on Thursday.

Forces loyal to exiled President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi retook full control central Aden from Houthi militias on July 17 and afterwards seized the town of Muthalath al Ilm, at Aden's eastern entrance.

Saudi-led coalition also targeted locations across the south, including Dhalea and Aland airbase, Houthi media Saba News reported quoting a security source at Yemen's Interior Ministry.

Aden has been a key city in the three-month battle between the Arab coalition backing President Hadi and the Houthi militants after Hadi’s government sought refuge in Saudi Arabia earlier this year.

President Hadi’s government fled to Riyadh in March this year as the Houthi forces seized the capital, Sanaa, in September, 2014.

A coalition of Arab states allied with Hadi government bombarded Houthi insurgency since late March, also ran training programmes and dropped weapons for Yemeni fighters loyal to Hadi.

Four months of air raids and constant clashes have killed more than 3,500 people in Yemen as Aden suffered the most due to shortages of food, medicine and fuel.

The UN has declared the situation in Yemen to be a level-three humanitarian emergency, the highest on its scale, after about 80 percent of the country’s population fell into dire need of humanitarian aid.

Twenty million people in the country are in need of aid, 13 million are facing food shortages and 9.4 million are having difficulties accessing drinking water.

Saudi Arabia put forward a five-day truce to allow humanitarian aid to reach Yemeni people facing humanitarian crisis which began on Sunday and ended almost immediately, in which the Yemeni fighters backed by the Saudi-led coalition accused the Houthi insurgents of breaking the deal.

Oxfam, an international disaster relief organization, stated on Tuesday that more than 6 million people in Yemen are on the verge of starvation.

TRTWorld, Reuters