Yemen’s Saleh sends forces to cut road outside of Aden

Houthi rebels have allied themselves with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. (File photo: AFP)

Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh sent forces loyal to him to block the road connecting Aden and the sea port city of Mukalla, Al Arabiya News Channel reported Friday.

This comes after Saudi Arabia launched on Wednesday a military operation to combat Houthi rebels, who have allied themselves with Saleh.

In a symbolic move earlier this month, current President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi declared the southern city of Aden the country’s capital as Houthi militants overran Sanaa earlier this year.

Hadi fled house arrest, imposed by the Houthis,  in Sanaa last February  to Aden where he has been holding court since then.

He is currently in the Egyptian coastal town of Sharm el-Sheikh where he is expected to take part in an Arab League summit on Saturday, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

Saudi Arabia is leading a 10-state coalition against the Houthi rebels which saw a series of air strikes targeting areas controlled by the Shiite militia.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45