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Yemen seizes crucial port from Houthi militias

Houthi militias have reportedly used Midi’s port to bring weapons into their stronghold in the north

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Troops loyal to Yemeni President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi seized a Red Sea port town on Wednesday in the country’s northwest following fierce fighting with Iran-backed Shiite militias, a military chief said.

“We have full control of the port and the town, along with its historic castle,” Fifth Military Region commander General Adel al-Qumairi said of Midi.

Intensive clashes had raged in the area since mid-December when government forces trained in nearby Saudi Arabia crossed the border and seized the town of Haradh.

Infographic: Recapturing Yemen’s vital Midi port

Infographic: Recapturing Yemen’s vital Midi port
Infographic: Recapturing Yemen’s vital Midi port

The militias, known as Houthis, have reportedly used Midi’s port to bring weapons into their traditional stronghold in the north.

Despite losing Midi, they and their allies of renegade troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, continue to control a long stretch of the coastline.

Government forces have enjoyed air support from the Saudi-led coalition, which launched a campaign against the militias in March after they advanced on the southern city of Aden where Hadi had taken refuge before fleeing to Riyadh.

On Wednesday, coalition warplanes bombed militia positions in Sanaa, including the presidential complex, witnesses said.

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