Yemen Houthi militia sweeps toward Aden in threat to president




 
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Yemen Houthi militia sweeps toward Aden in threat to president
 
March 25th, 2015  
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Yemen Houthi militia sweeps toward Aden in threat to president
By Mohammed Mukhashef ADEN (Reuters) - Houthi forces in Yemen backed by allied army units seized a key air base on Wednesday and appeared poised to capture the southern port of Aden from defenders loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, local residents said. Hadi's reversals have multiplied since heavy fighting first broke out in south Yemen on Thursday and the Houthis began making rapid advances southward. The northern militia alongside army units loyal to Yemen's powerful ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh have driven back an array of tribal fighters, army units and southern separatist militiamen loyal to embattled president Hadi. The Iranian-backed Houthi Shi'ite militants took control of Sanaa in September and seized the central city of Taiz at the weekend as they move closer to Aden.




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