Yemen’s Houthi, Saleh militias push Aden offensive

Southern People's Resistance militants loyal to Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi move a tank from the al-Anad air base in the country's southern province of Lahej March 24, 2015. (Reuters)

Yemeni Houthi rebels and militias of the deposed leader Ali Abdullah Saleh deployed army tanks to “strike residential neighborhoods” in the seaport city of Aden for a second night, Al Arabiya News Channel reported Sunday citing eyewitness accounts.

Since the Saudi-led military campaign was waged against the militias last month, Aden has been a battlefield between the Houthis and Popular Resistance forces that are allied to legitimate President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi.

Popular Resistance forces have been militarily supported by the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, as the Houthis grapple to seize government buildings and the Aden presidential palace.

On Sunday, the militias attempted to advance to Mualla, a city south of Aden, in a bid to seize the main port. The move is intended to allow the militias a passageway into neighborhoods which lead to the presidential palace and army headquarters where military supplies sent by the Saudi-led alliance to Popular Resistance forces are being delivered.

Meanwhile, sources on the ground told Al Arabiya News Channel that Houthi “snipers” in Aden were stationing themselves on rooftops to target civilians and the Popular Resistance fighters.

Amid fighting on the ground, the Saudi-led airstrikes targeted Houthi bases in Aden as the aerial bombardment of the militias throughout Yemen is still underway, the Saudi spokesperson for the military operation said on Sunday.

The Houthis and Saleh-allied militias seized power in the capital Sanaa in February and last month advanced on the port city of Aden, Hadi’s stronghold, forcing him to go into exile and prompting the Saudi-led airstrikes against the rebels.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44