Plane attacks Hadi's Aden base as Yemen conflict worsens




 
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March 19th, 2015  
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Topic: Plane attacks Hadi's Aden base as Yemen conflict worsens


By Mohammed Mukhashaf ADEN (Reuters) - An unidentified warplane attacked the presidential palace in Aden on Thursday after rival forces fought the worst clashes in years in Yemen's second city, an official and residents said, in a sharp escalation of the country's months-long conflict. Thirteen people were killed when forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi fought their way into Aden's international airport and wrested an adjacent military base from a renegade officer, Aden governor Abdulaziz bin Habtoor said. Both the fighting on the ground and subsequent air attack appeared to be part of a deepening power struggle between Hadi and the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi group, which controls the capital Sanaa and is allied with former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. In a statement Hadi described the attack on Aden as an attempted coup backed by the previous regime.




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