Second air raid targets Yemeni president’s palace

An army tank enters the barracks of the Special Forces in Yemen's southern port city of Aden March 19, 2015. (Reuters)

An unidentified warplane targeted on Friday the residential compound of Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in the southern city of Aden on Friday for the second consecutive day, Al Arabiya correspondent in the capital Sanaa reported.

President Hadi was not harmed in the attack, security sources said. On Thursday he was evacuated to a secure location, according to security sources from Aden.

The attacks on the al-Maasheeq district of Aden came amid a deepening power struggle between Hadi and the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi group which controls the capital Sanaa.

“The president is in a safe place and was not in the palace,” one source said. “I heard the sound of the planes and the anti-aircraft guns. There is no damage,” the source added.

Witnesses and a presidential aide earlier said anti-aircraft guns had opened fire on planes flying high above the presidential compound in Aden.

The witnesses said the planes targeted by the gunfire were flying so high that they were barely visible in the sky above the Crater district of Aden where Hadi lives.

A warplane dropped bombs on the compound on Thursday during clashes between supporters and opponents of Hadi. An aide said Hadi had moved after that attack, which appeared to have caused a fire in an area of the compound but no casualties.

The Houthis are allied with former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who still wields influence in the armed forces despite having given up power in 2011 after mass protests against his rule.

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