Yemeni president returns back to Aden

Yemeni president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi returns back to southern port city of Aden from exile in Riyadh to oversee campaign to retake city of Taiz from Houthis

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi

The exiled Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi returned to the southern port city of Aden on Tuesday, to rally the allied forces in the country’s civil war and overlook the operation of reclaiming the city of Taiz, sources in the presidency said.

Mukhtar al Rahbi, an official in the presidency said "He [Hadi] will also meet with military officials to assess the security situation and to oversee the merging of the resistance forces into the army and security forces."

The war in Yemen started seven months ago, when Houthis and forces loyal to the former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, took up arms and attacked government forces.

Saudi Air Force is leading an Arab coalition - comprising of 10 countries - in Yemen since March 26, targeting Houthi militias to restore the exiled government of President Hadi.

The city of Taiz is one of the largest cities in Yemen and it has witnessed severe attacks that have caused extensive damage and forced thousands of Yemenis to feel the area.

The length of Hadi's stay in Yemen was not disclosed.

5,600 Yemenis have been killed

Houthi forces captured the city of Aden in April, forcing the government to leave the country for the neighbouring ally Saudi Arabia, where it has set up an office in the capital of Riyadh.

Hadi visited Aden after the Saudi-led coalition retook the port city from the Iranian-backed Houthi militia in July.

More than 5,600 Yemenis have been killed in the civil war, 1,600 of them were killed in the war-torn city of Taiz, according to the medics.  

Around 20 million Yemenis are suffering from a lack of water and a million people have been displaced from their homes as a result of the armed conflict.

In the city of Aden alone, more than 858 Yemeni civilians were killed, including 259 children and 6,879 others were wounded in the first 102 days of the conflict.

Despite the daily air strikes of the coalition, Houthis are still controlling large swathes of Yemen.

TRTWorld and agencies