Yemen president returns to Aden after six months in exile

Yemen’s President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi returns to Aden after nearly six months in exile

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Yemen’s President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi

Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi returned to the southern city of Aden on Tuesday, six months after fleeing the southern city for exile in Saudi Arabia, an airport security official said.

Hadi was welcomed by Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah and several ministers. It was the first time he has been in Aden since he escaped to Saudi Arabia, as Houthi rebels advanced on the city in March.

A government source told the Reuters news agency that Hadi was planning to spend the Eid al-Adha holiday in Aden afterwards he will go to New York to give a speech at the United Nations.

Last week, Prime Minister Khaled Bahah and seven government ministers also returned to Aden to help establish an interim administration.

Saudi Air Forces have led an Arab coalition - comprising of 10 countries - in Yemen since March 26, targeting Houthi militias to restore the exiled government of Hadi. His return is the sign that the Arab coalition secured enough territory for the exiled government.

The coalition of Arab States intervened in the country’s civil war to restore Hadi and help clear Aden from Houthi forces.

In July, Aden was retaken from Houthis. However, residents have been worried about Al Qaeda and ISIS militants seen on the streets and blamed the local authorities for being slow to restore services.

After retaking the control of Aden, the soldiers loyal to Hadi and coalition troops have been moving towards Sanaa, which was seized a year ago. But their offensive has been stopped in Marib province, east of the capital.

War-torn Yemen has been suffering since March, when the Houthis seized the country's capital Sanaa and advanced towards Aden, forcing Hadi and his government to flee to Saudi Arabia.

The six-month-long war in the country has triggered an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Yemen. 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.

The United Nations reported nearly 4,900 people, including more than 2,100 civilians, have been killed in fighting and air strikes since March 26.

TRTWorld and agencies