Hadi advisor calls for no-fly zones to thwart Houthi advance

Yemen has been gripped by growing turmoil since the Houthi rebels launched a power takeover in Sanaa in February. (File photo: AFP)

An adviser to Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi called for the establishment of a no-fly zone in parts of the conflict-ridden country in an effort to rebel Houthi rebels, who have captured the capital Sanaa and are advancing the Aden.

During an interview with Al Hadath, Al Arabiya's sister channel, the official also asked Arab countries to show their support to Yemen by taking militarily action and counter the advances of the Iranian-backed militia.

The adviser confirmed reports that Hadi was still in Aden despite the attacks carried out by the rebels earlier on Wednesday on his presidential complex.

In a separate development, Hadi requested “immediate support for the legitimate authority with all means and necessary measures to protect Yemen and repel the aggression of the Houthi militia that is expected at any time on the city of Aden and the province of Taiz, Marib, al-Jouf [and] an-Baidah."

In his letter, which was sent to the U.N. Security Council and seen by Al Arabiya News, Hadi said such support was also needed to control “the missile capability that was looted” by the Houthi militias.

Hadi also told the U.N. Security Council that he had requested from the Arab Gulf states and the Arab League “immediate support with all means and necessary measures, including the military intervention to protect Yemen and its people from the ongoing Houthi aggression.”

Yemen has been gripped by growing turmoil since the Houthi rebels launched a power takeover in Sanaa in February.

Hadi, who fled from house arrest in Sanaa last month, fled to Aden where he set up a power base in the port city.
 

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