Heavy clashes at Aden airport as fighters battle Houthi militia

May 04, 2015 09:08
Southern Popular Resistance fighters gather on a road during a battle against Houthi rebels in the Yemeni port city of Aden late last week. Photo: Reuters

Fighters battling the rebel Houthi militia in Aden stormed areas around the airport in the Yemeni port city on Sunday in an operation overseen by the Saudi-led coalition, according to a report.

"Special forces from the southern fighters have been prepared and trained for an operation to attack Aden airport," Reuters quoted Ali al-Ahmadi, a spokesman for the Southern Popular Resistance, as saying.

A coalition comprising eight Arab states is seeking to restore the government of Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who had fled to Saudi Arabia recently after military gains by Houthi rebels.

The coalition is receiving logistical support from the US, Britain and France.

Aden, a hotbed of anti-Houthi sentiment, has been a flashpoint since the war began on March 26, when the Saudi-led coalition began attacking Houthi forces

Fighting around Yemen has killed more than 1,000 people, including an estimated 551 civilians since the bombings started, the United Nations said on April 24.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch said the Saudi-led coalition had probably used cluster bombs which are banned by most countries.

"Credible evidence indicates that the Saudi-led coalition used banned cluster munitions supplied by the United States in air strikes against Houthi forces," the international rights group was quoted as saying in a statement.

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