Written by Tharushan Fernando
15 Jul, 2015 | 8:00 pm
Gulf-backed Yemeni forces recaptured Aden’s international airport from Houthi militia fighters as heavy combat took place across the port city following the collapse of a humanitarian truce, the exiled government said.
Forces loyal to exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi also took Aden’s central district of Khormaksar, and aid sources reported fighting around the port area. Backed by air support from a Saudi-led coalition, the loyalist forces launched a wide-ranging assault in Aden this week to reclaim territory held by the Iranian-allied Houthis.
The coalition of Arab states has been bombarding Houthi forces, Yemen’s dominant power, since late March in a bid to reinstate Hadi. He was ousted from the power when the Houthis took over the capital Sanaa in September then fled to Riyadh as Houthi forces closed in on Aden, where he had sought refuge.
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