Yemeni govt stronghold of Aden ‘stable’

Warplanes of the Saudi Air Force - similar to these - have been striking Houthi rebel targets in Yemen for a week (File photo: AP)

The situation in the port city of Aden - the last refuge of Yemen’s internationally-recognized government - is stable, the Saudi-led coalition spokesman said Thursday according to Al Arabiya News Channel.

Houthi rebels and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh have failed to take control over any government buildings in the southern city, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri said in a televised press conference.

Additionally, local armed groups are in pursuit of Houthi rebels and Saleh loyalists – concentrated in two parts of the city - as Operation Decisive Storm central command continues to coordinate with locals, he said.

As for the Saudi-led airstrikes which have been targeting Houthi-held areas, Asiri reiterated that the aim of the military campaign is not to destroy infrastructure but block support from reaching Houthi militias.

Thursday’s airstrikes also targeted areas in Yemen's fourth-largest city of al Hudaydah where surface-to-air launchers had been placed, he added.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47