President Hadi loyalists, Saudi strikes drive Houthis north from Aden

President Hadi loyalists, Saudi strikes drive Houthis north from Aden
Yemen agonistes. (Image via NBC)

Fighters loyal to internationally recognized Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi have pushed Houthi militants out of the center of Aden and control most of the southern port city.

Southern Yemen resistance fighters exchanged automatic weapons fire and mortar rounds with Houthi militants in the center of Aden early Friday. The Houthi fighters withdrew from most of the center of the city by midday, including the presidential palace.

The governor of Aden, Abdulaziz bin Habtoor, told Arab media Friday that “southern resistance fighters,” loyal to President Hadi, now control 95 percent of central Aden.

Saudi coalition military spokesman General Ahmed Asiri told journalists the Houthis were trying to show the media that they controlled parts of the city, but were being pushed out. …

Meanwhile, al-Qaida militants captured a Yemeni military camp in Mukalla, the capital of Hadramout province, forcing soldiers to flee.  Reports say tribal fighters from Hadramout were “heading to the area to try and push them back.”  Sky News Arabia, quoting witnesses, indicated that al-Qaida fighters also captured the port of Mukalla.

Al-Qaida militants stormed a prison in Mukalla early Thursday, freeing close to 300 prisoners.

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